BEHIND THE BIG BLUE WALL, A MUCH-IMPROVED ST. LAWRENCE MARKET NORTH WILL SOON RISE

northmarket1northmarket2The 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.

northmarket6The 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.

northmarket3Winner 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.

northmarket5Before 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.

20111119-Hornyansky-St-Lawrence-Market<IMAGE ABOVE – the old, old North Market before it was replaced by the concrete box in the 1960’s>

ST. LAWRENCE – ONCE AN INDUSTRIAL NEIGHBOURHOOD; NOW A TOURIST DESTINATION

MARKET11         <ST. LAWRENCE MARKET NEIGHBOURHOOD, 1924, City of Toronto Archives>  Home to the best food market anywhere (National Geographic/April/2012), some of the most interesting architecture in the city, the first flatiron building in North America, St James Anglican Cathedral, the Young People’s Theatre, restaurants, bars, the Sunday flea market, St. Lawrence Hall, the Sony Centre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, the Market Gallery, and ubiquitous condos – it’s one of the oldest districts in a young city.  Ideal territory for urban explorers.  Subway stop – KING, and walk east

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