LAWRENCE PARK

 

History

The Lawrence Park subdivision was assembled in 1907 by the Dovercourt Land Building and Saving Company.  The Dovercourt Land Company acquired the north parcel of Lawrence Park from John Lawrence, after whom this neighbourhood is named.

Wildred Servington Dinnick was the president of the Dovercourt Land Company.  It was under Dinnick's direction that Lawrence Park was developed as a suburb for the "well to do".

The first advertisement for Lawrence Park trumpeted it as an "aristocratic neighbourhood", "400 feet above Lake Ontario", and "far from the lake winds in winter."

Despite all its fanfare, Lawrence Park's development was sporadic. The building of houses was interrupted by two world wars, a recession, and the Depression. It wasn't until the 1950's that this neighbourhood was completely developed.

Overview

Lawrence Park is one of Toronto's most exclusive residential neighbourhoods. It is located in a very peaceful and tranquil setting that includes gently rolling hills, winding roads and a lush topography.

Lawrence Park's shops, schools and recreational facilities are located on it's periphery, which keeps traffic on the residential streets to a minimum.

Homes

Lawrence Park's whimsical houses include a variety of architectural styles including English Cottage, Tudor Revival and Georgian and Colonial designs. Lawrence Park houses were built between 1910 and the late 1940's.  

Lawrence Park is a good place to find a house that blends the old with the new. Renovations in this neighbourhood have been sensitive to preserving the old-world charm of these houses, including leaded glass windows, wood trims around door and window frames, decorative fireplace mantels and rich hardwood floors.  

Shopping

The high-profile shops and restaurants in the Yonge and Lawrence area are well patronized by Lawrence park residents. This shopping district includes fashion

stores, children's stores, sporting goods stores, gift shops, bakeries and gourmet coffee shops.

Recreation

Most of this neighbourhood's recreational facilities centre around Lawrence Park, east of Yonge Street and south of Lawrence. This park has three clay-surface tennis courts, a lawn bowling club, and the Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, an award winning multi-level strolling garden. This park also provides access to the Lawrence Park Ravine footpath, which is popular with fitness and nature enthusiasts.

The George Locke Public Library at the northwest corner of Lawrence Park offers a variety of programs for adults, children and preschoolers  stores, children's stores, sporting goods stores, gift shops, bakeries and gourmet coffee shops.

Schools

(P)

Blythwood Jr.

2 Strathgowan Crescent

(416) 393-9105

(P)

Sunny View Jr. & Sr.

450 Blythwood Road

(416) 393-9275

(PH)

Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute

125 Chatsworth Drive

(416) 393-9500

(PH)

North Toronto Collegiate Institute

70 Roehampton Avenue

(416) 393-9180

(PH)

Northern Secondary

851 Mt. Pleasant Road

(416) 393-0270

(PR)

St. Clements School

21 St. Clements Avenue

(416) 483-4835

(PR)

Havergal College

1451 Avenue Road

(416) 483-3519

(PR)

The Toronto French School

296 Lawrence Avenue East

(416) 484-6533




Lawrence Park Map

Bibliography:
Dunkelman, David, Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods, Copyright © 1997 by David Dunkelman