This post is the result of a very wobbly and random circular walk around part of the Wychwood Heights neighbourhood last weekend. A hodge podge of this and that.
below: The intersection of St. Clair West and Vaughan Road circa 1912
below: I didn’t quite recreate the picture above but it is still obvious that the brick building is still standing after just over 100 years but that every thing around it has changed.
below: Just to the north, 78 Vaughan Road…. didn’t this store used to be an ice cream place?
below: Ah yes, there is still remnants of ice cream cones above the window so my memory is correct.
I wonder what happened to it?
There are a number of alleys to the north and west of the intersection of St. Clair and Vaughan Road. Most of them are quite tidy and well looked after. They were also full of surprises, bright little things that put on a smile on your face on a December afternoon.
below: Like little pictures painted on canvas….
below: and painted on wood
below: or painted directly on poles.
below: There was a fence made of old wood doors
below: There was a great creature with googly eyes and a rectangular orange nose.
below: And of course there were some painted garage doors.
below: These garage doors are a sample of the more than 40 doors that have been painted as part of the Kenwood Lanway Art Initiative.
While walking on the streets in the neighbourhood I saw a couple of little houses
as well as larger buildings with intricate architectural details.
below: A checkerboard effect with the bricks on the La Salle Apartments. As an aside, the small bush in front of the building was in the picture no matter what angle I tried. It was a lilac bush and I am sure that there were buds on it.
below: A little fake balcony with a white post railing on a low rise apartment building.
below: A line of little arches across the roofline is echoed in the larger arch patterns over the windows. There is a small relief sculpture near the top corner of the building (slightly behind the tree) but I can’t tell what’s on it. A coat of arms maybe?
below: There were quite a few four storey brick apartment buildings that looked like they were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Perhaps there was a little ‘condo boom’ at the time?
below: Like the condos of today, many of the buildings had names such as Maple Villa
below: The backs of all those apartment complexes are nearly as interesting as the fronts.
This is one of the only construction sites I saw although….
… this Presbyterian church looks like it is about to be redeveloped. It is one of three churches at the corner of St. Clair and Wychwood. The church was built in 1926. There is a brief description of the property on the Stanton Renaissance website but very little information is given beyond a “transformation” of the church and the creation of “high end residential boutique”.
below: Mural for Sea With Fish and Chips on St. Clair West
below: As I circled back the intersection of Vaughan Road and St. Clair West, I spotted a large doubledecker strawberry and vanilla ice cream cone on the side of Dutch Dreams. Hey! The answer to my question. The ice cream place from 78 Vaughan Road has moved a couple of blocks south, complete with it’s collection painted old fashioned milk cans.
below: One last picture. As I waited for the Bathurst bus, I found myself standing across the street from this building. The curve of the roofline is interesting, but even more interesting is the the fact that there is an occult store in Toronto. Candles, herbs, incense, jewelry, I’m now wishing that I had crossed the street to investigate further! And, smile, the store next to it is Pandora’s salon. Pandora, the one who in ancient times opened a box and unleashed all sorts of evil on the world.