Scenes of Fort York and Stanley Barracks in 1912

The New Fort, known as the Stanley Barracks, were built by in 1841 to house the troops that were stationed in Toronto. This was deemed necessary as in 1837 there had been a rebellion against the Crown. They were a group of rather undistinguished building, grouped around a large parade ground. They were located on the site of today’s CNE. All of the building have been demolished except for the one that served as the garrison’s hospital.     

The photos in this post are from a book that the City of Toronto published in 1912 entitled “Toronto – Canada’s Queen City.” It was printed by the Industrial Publishing Company at 3 Jordan Street. Although the book extolls the virtues, accomplishments and facilities of the city, nowhere do the names of the mayor and the city councillors appear. I doubt that this would happen today. The book provides an excellent snap-shot of Toronto as it appeared twelve years into the 20th century. This post includes the pictures of the building that today is referred to as the Old City Hall, which in 1912 was in its twelfth year as the centre of civic life.


     Military revue at Stanley Barracks on the site of today’s CNE grounds.


                                          Stanley Barracks in 1912


                                                                     Fort York, 1912


                               Parade grounds at Stanley Barracks


                                         Stanley Barracks, 1912

For a link to a previous post containing street photos from the City of Toronto book of 1912

A link to a previous post containing photos from the 1912 book about Toronto’s Old City Hall at Bay and Queen Streets

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