St. Basil’s Church, the collegiate church of St. Michael’s College, 1856

STBASILS1Best known to Torontonians as the church with the noontime bells, ST. BASIL’s was built in a neighbourhood once called CLOVERHILL.  The architect was a Scotsman – WILLIAM HAY.  In 1856, this area was all open countryside, but today it’s filled with high-rise condos.  As more buildings go up, the neighbourhood has been fighting to save a small park with mature trees at the corner of St. Joseph and Bay – and they’ve succeeded.STBASILS2STBASILS5STBASILS6STBASILS3