Last month’s article “Art Deco architecture across Canada… and in Leaside, too” missed the former Leaside Railway Station, which has seen better days, but has an interesting history. A brick structure, built in Streamlined Moderne style in 1946, it replaced a wooden structure built in 1894, which was destroyed by fire in the 1940s. Passenger service ended in 1982, and between 1975 and 1983 the building was operated by the CPR as the Village Station Restaurant, and for a time after that was used as a CPR business centre and railway police office. Today it sits forlorn, having suffered repeated vandalism, south of the tracks, along from the car wash on Village Station Road.
The underlying pattern of Leaside’s unique and original street pattern is a series of curved streets, trending north east and south west, punctuated with diagonals. At its core is Fleming Cres., the only street in …more
Leaside has its share of demolished/reconstructed houses that do not “fit” the neighbourhood, by virtue of excessive height and massing, and non-traditional architectural style. And assuming they went to the Committee of Adjustment for approval, …more
Forty-three Bayview commercial properties, including 31 on the east (Leaside) side and 12 on the west (Davisville) side are recommended for listing under the Ontario Heritage Act. City Council will decide on October 2nd. Really! …more