Naming of Lanes: The Story of Ontario Lead Works

Starting in 2000, the city of Toronto accepts applications from individuals and organizations to help name the city’s un-named back lanes. In 2014, the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association submitted a request to name four lanes in our neighbourhood, including Barbed Wire Lane, which runs north off of Lombard just west of Church Street across from... Continue Reading →



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 →

Francis Collins: a piece of Irish history

I've walked countless times down Jarvis Street on the east side of St. James Park and only just recently noticed this historical plaque that commemorates Francis Collins. It turns out that Francis Collins was an important figure in the city's early history and but for his untimely death he likely would have become a well-known... Continue Reading →

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