BUILT IN 1872 TO DRY FIRE HOSES, THE ST. CHARLES CLOCK TOWER WILL BE SAVED

STCHARLES1  <PHOTO ABOVE  – The St. Charles in the 1970’s, City of Toronto Archives>

Kingsett Capital is planning to transform the west side of Yonge Street at Alexander into a 45 storey mixed-use condo and retail project designed by Quadrangle Architects. The centre piece will be the firehall clock tower, a downtown landmark for nearly 145 years.

Once the firemen moved on, the building beneath the tower became a restaurant, and then TORONTO’s largest LGBTQ dance hall and tavern. Hallowe’en nights in the sixties and seventies attracted huge crowds – up to 5,000 – on the sidewalk opposite, hoping to catch a glimpse of a drag queen or exotic dancer.

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