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Where is This? Queen and John/Then and Now

pictures-r-390pictures-r-403Somewhere in the old town….?


Nathan suggested Queen West and I agree. This is Queen and John looking north towards the Grange circa 1851.

The Church is St. George the Martyr as seen below.

The original gothic style church was built in 1845, along with a school house (1875) and rectory (1865). The original church burnt down in 1955, but the spire was saved and still serves as a local landmark at the south entrance to The Grange.

screen-shot-2012-12-23-at-6-40-34-pmThe building on the left, Angus McIntosh, Groceries Wines and Spirits still stands today. For those of us who spent time on Queen west in the 70’s and 80’s

it’s remembered as the Beverly Tavern or simply the “Bev”.

Seen below on a map from 1857.

Screen shot 2014-08-04 at 9.47.15 AMThe roofline from the original building is still visible behind the cladding.

Screen shot 2014-08-06 at 6.58.26 AM

The only reference I’ve found for Angus McIntosh is this from Henry Scadding’s Toronto Of Old:

“We can imagine a confused state of things at York in 1813. Nevertheless the law asserts its supremacy. The magistrates in sessions fine a pilot L2 15s. for refusing to fulfil his engagement with Mr. McIntosh. “On the 19th October, 1813, a complaint was made by Angus McIntosh, Esq., late of Sandwich, now of York, merchant, against Jonathan Jordan, formerly of the city of Montreal, a steersman in one of Angus McIntosh’s boats, for refusing to proceed with the said boat, and thereby endangering the safety of the said boat. He is fined L2 15s. currency, to be deducted from wages due by Angus McIntosh.”

Here is the only photo I’ve found of the Beverley Tavern circa 1981.

Queen Street West street scenes. - July 1, 1971-May 19, 1984


Below, St. George’s after the fire in 1955.

pictures-r-194 pictures-r-193 pictures-r-195Only the spire was saved.

pictures-r-186 pictures-r-402The same artist painted this image as well.

This is how he saw Toronto from his bedroom window.

More on this painting here.

Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 10.51.20 AMA current view looking north up John.


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