St. Lawrence Neighbourhood is comprised of the original 10 blocks that was the town of Old York during the 19th century. It also incorporated the first industrial area of York, the first Parliament buildings as well as the first commercial locations of what is now Toronto. Some of these historical wonders can still be seen throughout the neighbourhood today.
Much of the area of today’s St. Lawrence was created through a man-made land fill during the 1800’s to extend the shoreline of Lake Ontario. The popular Esplanade of today was created during this time as well as much of todays’ historical architecture that is seen throughout the neighbourhood. One of the most notable, the famous flat iron building; a wedge shape building located at Wellington Street and Front Street. Other architectural structures can be seen scattered around the area between Front Street, Yonge Street, Parliament Street and the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Victorian structures that house many boutiques and popular restaurants and commercial units as well as a blend of industrial buildings assist in creating a distinctive blend with the modern high rise buildings and condominiums.
St. Lawrence Market has been at the heart of the city for over 212 years. Beginning in 1803, the market has been the house to many commercial vendors, parliament buildings as well as art exhibits, weddings and other special events. However, it is most commonly known for its’ farmers markets. Appealing to tourists and locals alike, St. Lawrence market has been recognized as one of the top best markets in the world. Fresh local fruit, vegetables, meats, fish and grains can be found here for purchase here with easy access for pedestrians in the local neighbourhood.
Close to the market, resides the Esplanade, a street that provides a mix of modern high-rise condominiums and popular restaurant destinations, most notably the Bier Market. Residing just south of the St. Lawrence market, the patio’s and restaurants offer appeal to both young professionals and couples, offering quick access to Union Station and the Financial District.
Home to 30,000 residents, St. Lawrence Market offers a blend of mix-income housing opportunities, including low and mid-rise units, row based townhomes as well as high-rise condominiums,. Many industrial buildings that still reside in the area have been restored to offer luxury lofts to suit any lifestyle. The neighbourhood appeals to many families with the ease of access it offers, as well as the commodities, local attractions as well as convenient public transit access points.
Other popular destinations throughout the neighbourhood include the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, the Sony Centre for Performing Arts, The David Crombie Park, the Canadian Opera Club and the St James Cathedral Church, located at the popular St. James Park. Many Schools are accessible through the neighbourhood, including the American International School of Medicine. George Brown College is close to the neighbourhood as well as many Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board schools can be accessed just outside of this exquisite neighbourhood. Claimed to have everything a Torontonian could want, St. Lawrence neighbourhood is a cultural, historical and diverse hub that appeals to all individuals.