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Simcoe and Adelaide/Then and Now

Bishop’s Block on the N/E corner of Adelaide and Simcoe circa 1890. Built in 1833.
According to Patricia McHugh in her excellent book “Toronto Architecture-A City Guide”
“These two brick and stucco row houses are Toronto’s oldest example of the genre. though now sadly bereft of their three original sisters and most of their Georgian dignity as well. Joseph Bishop was a butcher who built these houses for speculation.”
When this photo was taken (1890) The building on the right is operating as a Hotel. I can’t make out the entire name but it could be the J.J. O’Conner Hotel….
Below, some of the tenants occupying the block in 1890.
Screen shot 2015-02-05 at 12.52.59 PMScreen shot 2015-02-06 at 12.30.56 PMThis map from 1924 has it listed as the Clarke Hotel.
Simcoe and Adelaide/Then and Now
Bishop’s Block some time in the late 1960’s when it operated as the Pretzel Bell Tavern.
4 of the original townhouses still exist.
10176258_654661444603843_3388970756784185235_nSeen here in the late 1970’s, down to 2….
4458734920_4649914ab3_bA recently discovered photo perhaps from the early 1980’s.
Simcoe and Adelaide/Then and Now
Sadly, since the book was written, the remaining two houses were torn down last year to make way for more condos. The developers are supposed to re-build the original facades and incorporate them into the new structure.
The city did conduct an extensive archeological dig at the site.
Details can be found here.
Simcoe and Adelaide/Then and Now
When demolition started I was lucky enough to spot this old hand painted sign that had been covered up for years and managed to liberate it…
Harv’s Hang Inn.
Simcoe and Adelaide/Then and Now
Bishop’s Block as seen in 1856.
1970530_641264245943563_1593457382_nThe back view in 1982 and below the rebuilt version.
P1140659 P1140663 P1140661The bricks look to be vintage…

2 responses

  1. The Bishop’s Block facade has been rebuilt as part of the hotel, and now houses the local branch of Soho House, an international chain of private celebrity clubs.


    April 1, 2014 at 3:56 pm

  2. I was just going to say the same thing, Rick 🙂

    September 20, 2014 at 9:13 am

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