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STRUCTURES: Christie Street

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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
traces the development of Christie Street, named after William Mellis Christie, the famous biscuit manufacturer of Christie Brown and Company.  Of special interest is the formation of the Garrison Creek and the area known today as Christie Pits Park which took place during the last glacial period, 10,000 years ago.  Also included, are landmarks along Christie Street such as the Faema building, originally built by the Ford Motor Co. in 1914, and Artscape Wychwood Barns, formerly the TTC streetcar repair barns. 

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. Watch Structures on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough Mondays @ 10PM. Visit www.RogersTV/Structures for more information.



  1. I wish this show was available in other Rogers markets outside of Toronto. Either air the Toronto version or come up with a local version. I’ll have to make do watching them online or whenever I get the chance to catch it in Toronto.

  2. Old episodes of Structures are also at the Toronto Library.