200 Years Yonge: A History by Ralph Magel

By Ralph Magel

The Yonge road as conceived via Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe is well known, from its starting as a primary Nation's path, to the Yonge highway we all know this day, extending from Toronto to Innisfil. Augustus Jones, the surveyor assigned through Simcoe, the French, the German pioneers, the Loyalists -- all have been to steer the construction of Yonge highway. With the development of a path got here tolls, motels, villages, extra immigrants and finally an road of financial system serving because the key transportation path for the folk, items and companies that signify our province.< p>

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52 TOWNS ALONG YONGE STREET 2OO YEARS YONGE - A HISTORY WILLOWDALE: Lot 18, Cone. 1W Gibson House, Yonge Street, built 1849-51. Peter Gibson left of front steps. 870) LANSING: Yonge Street at Sheppard Avenue looking north. (Approx 1911) WILLOWDALE: Willowdale Episcopal Methodist Church parsonage, on Yonge Street, west side, just north of Gibson House. Yonge was the division line between the townships of Markham andVaughan. Evolving into a farming and trade centre, its population at the time of incorporation as a village in 1873 was 631.

Before the building was sold in 1956, it was run by John Atkinson's sons Harry and Gordon. Today, the building houses dental offices. It is listed on the Toronto Historical Boards Inventory of Heritage Properties. 48 TOWNS ALONG YONGE STREET 2OO YEARS YONGE - A HISTORY Y O N G E STREET AT G L E N G R O V E A V E N U E , 1898 C O N S U M E R S GAS COMPANY, 1931 Yonge Street at St. Clements Avenue This handsome building, incorporating granite, cut stone, and exterior marble as well as decorative aluminum, was designed by architect Charles Dolphin.

Additions in the 1930s hid the elegance of the 1860s building, and it was a sad reminder of its former self when demolished in 1971. Map from a 1940s promotional brochure. Of the buildings illustrated, only St Andrew's College, the post office, and the United Church survive. 58 Since 1888 the Bank of Montreal (and its predecessor, the Ontario Bank) has anchored the north-west corner of Yonge and Wellington streets. The building shown, erected in 1922, was in the dignified classical style thought appropriate for banks at that time.

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