Heritage Toronto walking tours this weekend: downtown terra cotta and westside Indian Road and Grove

This weekend’s Heritage Toronto walks (free + no reservation required):

Terra Cotta Design in Toronto’s Historic Architecture

Saturday, April 26 — 1:30 PM

Terra cotta, a once-popular clay building product used in design and construction, has long been out of fashion. Fortunately, many fine examples still exist in Toronto. Toronto’s first skyscrapers, erected in the 19th century and early 20th century, provide the backdrop for this tour.

LEADER: Steve Collie
START POINT: King and Toronto Streets, 2 blocks E of Yonge St, across from King Edward Hotel
FINISH POINT: Yonge and Queen Streets
LENGTH: Approx. 2 hours
FOCUS: Architectural, historical
DIFFICULTY: Long walk on sidewalks

 

Indian Road and Indian Grove

Sunday, April 27 — 1:30 PM

Winding, tree-lined Indian Road began as an Aboriginal trail. Today this street and nearby Indian Grove boast fine examples of both Edwardian Classical and Arts & Crafts architecture, the latter thanks primarily to Toronto architect Eden Smith, who designed homes for himself and others as part of his plan to develop an artists’ colony here.

LEADERS: Denise Harris, Janet Langdon
START POINT: SW corner of Bloor St W and Indian Rd, 2 blocks E of Keele Subway Station
FINISH POINT: Bloor St W and Indian Grove
LENGTH: Approx. 2 ½ hours
FOCUS: Architectural, historical
DIFFICULTY: Long walk on sidewalks

Spacing is please to be the promoting sponsor of Heritage Toronto walks. Photo by Portfolium.