This is a neighbourhood chock-a-block with Victoriana and a network of back street alleyways. Broadcast Lane, parallel to Parliament Street, features a strip of Post-Modern housing, in amongst graffiti, murals, backsides of restaurants – and, if you look carefully, a doll’s house.Broadcast Lane is a photogenic shortcut between Winchester and Carlton Streets. There are many other lanes to explore in Cabbagetown, and every one has a name.
WALTER HUSTON, Toronto-born, began his academic career at WINCHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOL on Winchester Street east of Parliament. After attending the Shaw School of Acting, he made his Broadway debut in 1924. When talking pictures began, Huston set off for HOLLYWOOD, playing both leading man and character roles in countless films. Among them – ‘The Virginian’, ‘Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ and D.W. Griffith’s ‘Abraham Lincoln’ WALTER HUSTON won both the Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in ‘Sierra Madre’. All of his grandchildren became actors, as well as his great-grandson. He was the father of actor and director, JOHN HUSTON, whose daughter is actor ANGELICA HUSTON. Plaque locations: Winchester Public School and 328 Wellesley Street East in CABBAGETOWN.
On JUNE 26, 1913, the cornerstone was dedicated for one of TORONTO’s most successful efforts to provide better housing for working people. The new Spruce Court Apartments, Spruce Street at Sumach, were so popular they were occupied ASAP, and a lengthy waiting list began. Hardwood floors, solid millwork, heavy doors with brass fittings, double-hung multi-paned windows, and stone sills – Spruce Court was built to last. And to this day, it’s one of the most successful co-ops in the city. Supervising architect: Birmingham native EDEN SMITH (1858-1949)
PHOTO BELOW – Spruce Court dining room ca1913/City of Toronto Archives