Hiking up Broadview Avenue . . . Gerrard Street East to Pottery Road

BROADVIEW AVENUE, a north-south street bordering Riverdale Park East, is a worthy destination for urban explorers.  We begin at Gerrard and Broadview, the crossroads of Chinatown East (POSTCARD ABOVE); then comes the Old Don Jail, the National Presbyterian Museum; the repositioned and restored St. Matthew’s lawn bowling clubhouse; and the nearby statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.

<PHOTOS – Above, 469 Broadview, John Cox Cottage, the 3rd oldest structure in the city, built originally of square cut logs, 1807; 660 Broadview, the home of William Peyton Hubbard (1842-1935), son of Virginia slaves, Toronto’s first black politician, first elected in 1894, won 13 consecutive civic elections, a baker, cab driver and businessman; the Playter Society Building. 757 Broadview, built by Albert and George Playter in 1909.  Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians played here regularly in the 1930’s; on the east side, Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church.>Neighbourhoods worth exploring on both sides of Broadview – restored worker’s cottages; a Don Valley/Brickworks lookoff at Chester Hill Road; the original Playter homestead (now being restored); the Playter Estate mansions; uphill and downdale Riverdale; and the restored Danforth Music hall, one of ten Allen theatres built following World War I.

2 thoughts on “Hiking up Broadview Avenue . . . Gerrard Street East to Pottery Road

  1. As always, I am impressed with the best offerings from Toronto. I loved to walk along these streets in summer. Glad you shared.

  2. I never get tired of exploring Toronto’s inner city neighbourhoods. You just have to get out there and look around; it’s all free.

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