The Heliconian Hall – Yorkville’s wooden masterpiece, 35 Hazelton Avenue

The TORONTO Heliconian Club is the oldest association of its kind in Canada. It was founded in 1909 to give women in the arts and letters an opportunity to meet socially and intellectually.  Members range in age and experience from women who have earned great distinction to those in the early stages of their careers.  The building itself was erected in 1876, and is one of our city’s rare wooden structures.

The Yorkville Rock on Cumberland Street – downtown’s popular meeting place

The Yorkville Rock was purchased for $1500, from a Gravenhurst-area farmer.  It was cut into 120 pieces, each one carefully marked for reassembly, and shipped to the Big Smoke on flatbed trucks.  The granite rock was placed on a star-shaped, concrete platform, atop the Bloor-Danforth subway tunnel, on the edge of posh Yorkville.

Winter and summer, the Rock is one of TORONTO’s favourite hangouts.  There’s an adjacent subway station, Louis Vuitton around the corner, and all the glitz of Yorkville across the street.  Subway stop – BAY