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STRUCTURES: St. John’s Ward

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Editor’s note: Spacing has teamed up with Rogers TV to spread the word about their show Structures, their weekly program that takes a look at the history of Toronto’s communities — a perfect fit for many of our readers. Each week we will provide a brief summary of the upcoming episode, along with a link to a preview video on the Rogers TV site.

This week’s episode:
This episode showcases St John’s Ward, where many of Toronto’s early immigrant communities first settled.  Commonly known as “The Ward”, the former neighbourhood, bounded by College, Queen, University and Yonge has virtually disappeared.

More about Structures:
Structures is Rogers TV’s award-winning architecture series, hosted by Heather Seaman. This show features an in-depth look into the personalities and rich history of Toronto’s most interesting communities. Structures showcases the compelling stories associated with Toronto’s most intriguing landmarks and legendary buildings. It’s a spellbinding half-hour look at how our local buildings have played a significant role in shaping our local culture and heritage. Visit www.RogersTV/Structures for more information.




  1. The City of Toronto and its heritage services group should begin to think of ways of creating a set of markers along Elizabeth Street, and possibly even in Nathan Phillips Square., to memorialize this part of the city, which at one point was one of the main immigrant receiving areas and the focus of the city’s earliest public health and recreation reform efforts. Central Neighbourhood House traces its roots to Elizabeth Street in the Ward, and the Elizabeth Street playground, now the site of Sick Kids, was Canada’s first supervised playground. All this should be acknowledged somehow.    

  2. I have been watching structure for quite awhile now..I love to see the episodes on the NFB or similar Rogers site..but a searchable database of the episodes would be great.