Just north of Arthur Goss Lane, at 20 Metcalfe Street, is the former townhouse of TORONTO’s first city photographer. For 37 years, Mr. Goss, a Cabbagetowner for most of his life, spent his time photographing day-to-day life in our city. The accumulated trove now resides in the City Archives, and some of it can be seen online.
<PHOTOS ABOVE – 1) Constructing the Prince Edward Viaduct, July 18, 1917 2) Slum housing in the Ward, site of the City Hall skating rink, 1913; 3) new bubble drinking fountains, April 13, 1917; 4) inside the Civic Abbatoir, 1914; 5) a tuberculosis patient in a hospital tent, 1912.>
<PHOTO ABOVE – Arthur Goss’s most famous photograph – the Group of Seven artists + Barker Fairley meeting at the Arts and Letters Club on Elm Street, 1920 (left to right – Varley, Jackson, Harris, Fairley, Johnston, Lismer and MacDonald>