Last week I began “The Mystery at Yonge and Grenville” when I noticed condo construction had revealed some windows at this downtown intersection. This past Sunday, Kevin Plummer, who writes for the Historicist section of Torontoist, replied to my email:
I’m not sure what those windows are from. At first I thought it might be related to the Yonge subway, but from checking on google maps, the photos are facing across Grenville, not Yonge. It might still be access for city works under the street. I really don’t know.
Looking in the City Directories to see what was, over the decades, located where the condos are being built to see if that offers any hints.
Let me know if your trip to the Archives uncovers any clues….
In lieu of a physical trip to the Toronto Archives, I took a virtual one and found some cool stuff. (Archives and libraries are lovely, musty rabbit holes, aren’t they?) Apparently, Grenville Street is named from Richard Temple Grenville, the first Duke of Buckingham. Aside from that, I learned that while I may cast my magnifying glass around for clues, I need to register and get copyright permission to use photos for my blog. Fair enough. Cool stuff will have to wait.
Next stop: the archives.