MIRVISH VILLAGE WILL HAVE AN AFTERLIFE WHEN THE HONEST ED’S SITE IS REDEVELOPED

mirvishvillage5MIRVISH VILLAGE is behind bars. The row of Victorian houses on Markham Street will become part of a huge development by Vancouver’s Westbank at Bathurst and Bloor. The developers plan to keep 23 of the 27 heritage buildings on site and the Village is very much part of their plan.

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mirvishvillage1Overlooking the Village from an upstairs window – the man himself.

HONESTEDS3ED MIRVISH, who died in 2007, opened his first store at the corner of Bloor and Markham Streets, in 1948.  He and his son, David, went on to build a family empire.  The two of them ran an art bookshop on Markham Street; purchased the Royal Alexandra Theatre when it was destined to become a parking lot; built the Princess of Wales Theatre; rescued and renovated London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre; purchased the Pantages (now the Ed Mirvish) theatre on Yonge Street; founded Mirvish Productions, a major live-theatre company; and continued operating Honest Ed’s.

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