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 Elgie family home, 262 Bessborough Dr., one of the settler “farmsteads,” is now for sale. Believed to have been built in the 1840s (not 1880s as I had said in the May Leaside Life …more
It’s got to come to a head! Should the developer, with the tacit agreement of the City, be allowed to create a potential disaster for neighbouring (and future) residents? I’m referring to the placing of …more
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