Toronto's Historical Plaques
Learn a little of Toronto's history as told through its plaques
The Village of Yorkville
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2006
What comes to your mind when you hear the word 'Yorkville'? Hippies in the 60s? This historic firehall and the library at the east end of it? Well, whatever your thoughts, here's the text of this 1975 Toronto Historical Board plaque attached to the Yorkville Fire Hall on Yorkville Avenue west of Yonge Street.
Plaque coordinates: 43.671729 -79.388913
The coat of arms above is from the Yorkville Town Hall, built on Yonge Street in 1859. It contains symbols representing the occupations of the first councillors: John Severn, Brewer; Thomas Atkinson, Brickmaker; Reeve James Dobson, carpenter; James Wallis, blacksmith; and Peter Hutty, Butcher. Established in the 1830s by William Jarvis and Joseph Bloor, Yorkville was incorporated as a village in 1853 and annexed to Toronto in 1883. This fire hall was begun in 1876 and restored in 1974.
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