Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Old Neighbour
The lovely brick building shown here in the foreground is Campbell House which is the oldest remaining home from the Town of York which was the original name of Toronto. This Georgian beauty was built in 1822 in a residential area with a view to the lake but by the 1960s the area had become commercial/industrial and it was the last home standing. A move was afoot to tear it down until a group organized a move to this spot at University and Queen St and turned it into a museum. The 1 mile move took place on Easter weekend in 1972 and was a major event in the city as hydro lines and lights had to be taken down and traffic in the centre of the city was brought to a standstill. I'm aging myself by saying that I remember the move well and watched it for hours along with hundreds of others! More about the Canada Life building in the background tomorrow.