The St. Lawrence Market is one of TORONTO’s most revered institutions. The South Market <PHOTO BELOW> dates back more than a century, and remains very much intact and fully operational.
The North Market (now demolished) was a concrete box erected in 1968. The building served many purposes – a farmer’s market, weekly antiques market, meeting place, sales centre for Christmas trees, etc., but it was an ugly one both inside and out.
Winner of a design competition, the new North Market will be a five-storey, steel and glass structure with an atrium, making it feel like an open-air market, which it once was.
Before the new $60-million building goes up, a team of archaeologists are digging on the site, searching for signs of the market’s — and the city’s — past.
<IMAGE ABOVE – the old, old North Market before it was replaced by the concrete box in the 1960’s>