Vintage Found Photos Show the Architecture of Toronto in the Late 1850s

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Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada. The city is the anchor of the Golden Horseshoe, an urban agglomeration surrounding the western end of Lake Ontario. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Toronto was designated as the capital of the province of Ontario in 1867 during Canadian Confederation. The city proper has since expanded past its original borders through both annexation and amalgamation to its current area of 630.2 km2 (243.3 sq mi).

Toronto is also known for its many skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, the CN Tower.

Here below is a set of 12 cards from John Rochon that shows buildings of Toronto, ON around 1858 or 1859. They were found at a flea-market decades ago complete with cover and booklet.

King Street, Toronto, ON, circa 1858-59

Masonic Hall Buildings, Toronto, ON, circa 1858-59

Mechanics Institute and St. James Parochial School, Toronto, ON, circa 1858-59

Normal School Buildings, Toronto, ON, circa 1858-59

Provincial Exhibition Buildings, Toronto, ON, circa 1858-59

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