Welcome to The Lively Legacy of Lombard Street. What started out as a simple idea to “look” into the story of the Bentley condominium on the corner of Church and Lombard has become a comprehensive and wide-ranging exploration of the social, economic, and architectural history of Lombard Street. It's tons of fun learning about Lombard's past. Every... Continue Reading →

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Mid-century on Lombard Street

85 Lombard does not have a significant street presence, but it’s still my favourite building on the street. The simplicity of its design, a geometric pattern—ribbons of white ceramic tile contrasting with dark bands of windows—provides visual relief along an otherwise eclectic streetscape. For most of its history it has been the back door to... Continue Reading →

I See Dead People (On Lombard)

The morgue at 86 Lombard Street is arguably our street’s most ghoulish coolest buildings. Imagine the stories it could tell! Completed in 1908, it replaced an 1877 one-storey garage-like structure (pictured below) on the northwest corner of Esplanade and Frederick Streets. It is not clear why the location on Lombard street was chosen for the... Continue Reading →

The Untold Story of Mary Macfarlane’s Hotel

99 Jarvis is a heritage structure that is easily overlooked. In the shadow of The Vu condominium and facing Lombard Street, it is currently the showroom for the contemporary kitchen and furniture retailer Poliform. The mysterious “M” engraved into the decorative detail above each second-storey window suggests the building has an untold story. The building... Continue Reading →

A Gem of a Building: 67 Lombard

One of the most charming buildings on Lombard Street is a little brick building at 67 Lombard. It was built in approximately 1905 and is today both a residence and a commercial space tenanted by group of architectural firms. Despite some updates and modifications, this building retains much of its character. This buff (yellow) and... Continue Reading →

Lombard Street Central Fire Hall

As you may imagine, the Central Fire Hall is one of the better-known buildings on Lombard Street. Built in 1886-7, the 131-year-old building has had four tenants. It remained a fire hall until 1969 when the department moved to a new facility at Front and Princess Streets. It then became the home of the Second City Comedy Club... Continue Reading →

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