Spotlight on Lawrence Park
(From Toronto Archieves)
Nestled in the centre of Yonge Street, Lawrence, Bayview, and Eglinton Avenue is the beautiful green and serene neighbourhood of Lawrence Park. Developed in the early 1910’s and 1920’s, it was initially designed to imitate the garden suburbs in England.
Today this neighbourhood remains a retreat within the bustling city, and is one of the most coveted residential areas in Toronto. Lawrence Park has managed to preserve its primarily residential makeup. The heart of this neighbourhood can be found in, well, Lawrence Park, which is just east of Yonge Street and south of Lawrence Avenue. This park has 3 clay surface tennis courts, a lawn bowling club and the Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens award winning multi-level strolling garden. The Lawrence Park Ravine is another hidden gem within the rolling hills of this tranquil community.
Lawrence Park features a collection of homes that were primarily built between 1910 and the late 1940’s. They range from Cottage, Gardener, Tudor Revival, Georgian and Colonial Style homes.The Locke Library is a slice of pure historical architecture. This branch opened its doors in 1949 and was impeccably restored in 2016.
The majority of shopping, schools and recreational facilities are located on the outskirts of the area, which conveniently keeps residential traffic to a minimum. You will find a wide selection of independently owned boutique shops in the shopping district including children’s, sporting goods, gift shops and women’s high-end fashion.
There is no shortage of delicious bakeries and cafes. Butter Avenue is said to have the best macaroons in town! The area also has an abundance of small grocery shops to accommodate any dietary restriction or culinary desire including an Olive Oil Boutique and organic grocers. Culturally diverse restaurants and cozy pubs adorn the Yonge and Lawrence area making family outings quite literally a treat!