TORONTO’S LIBERTY VILLAGE – A ‘TAMED AND GENTRIFIED’ POST-INDUSTRIAL NEIGHBOURHOOD

LIBERTY19LIBERTY VILLAGE (King Street West to the Gardiner Expressway: Strachan Avenue to Dufferin Street) is a neighbourhood with a checkered past.  Formerly the home of Toronto’s Central Prison and the Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women (both now demolished), it was a sprawling campus of heavy industry and, in 1914, a holding area for World War I bomb casings.  <PHOTOS – 1) Toronto Central Prison, 1877  2)  Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women, demolished 1969  3)  Surviving Roman Catholic Chapel, Central Prison  4)  Surviving Superintendent’s house, Mercer Reformatory 5) Piles of World War I bomb casings, City of Toronto Archives>

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