In my last post, I traveled downtown to the Ice Fest in Yorkville, but I had an ulterior motive in venturing into this area.
On my list of Toronto heritage buildings, there were several in the Yorkville area that I wanted to check out. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
The one building I was particularly interested in visiting was Fire Station, 312.
When it was built in 1878, I’m sure that 5-storey clock tower would have been very impressive to the countryside around it. Today however it is dwarfed by the city towers that surround it.
Station 312 is one of the oldest fire halls still active in Toronto and quite simply, I think it’s cute as a button.
The Coat of Arms over the tower door is from the Yorkville Town Hall which was destroyed by fire in 1941.
According to the historic plaque on the building, the symbols on the Coat of Arms represent the occupations of the first councillors of Yorkville – a brewer, a brickmaker, a carpenter, a blacksmith, and a butcher. The whole thing is rounded off with a beaver on top – Canada’s Official National Animal.
Yorkville was later annexed into Toronto in 1883 and is now one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the city.
If you plan to go shopping there, prepare to dig deep. In a 2015 article, this area was ranked 21st in the world of most expensive shopping destinations.