These pages present photos of exterior and interior lanterns we found walking around Toronto neighbourhoods and visiting some Toronto buildings.
We started collecting photos of lanterns in St. Petersburg (Russia) and continued this hobby after coming to Canada (More on that see Home page).
We got a lot of information on Toronto history and architecture from excellent guides during ROM Walks and Heritage Toronto walking tours. Annual Doors Open Toronto events gave us opportunity to visit a lot of Toronto landmarks. Some information we found on Wikipedia and Toronto Architectural Conservancy sites.
Our Toronto collection contains about 1500 photos and continues to expand. To make the viewing them more comfortable, we attributed photos to some established neighbourhoods, as well as to some arbitrarily created areas. Page title usually shows the name of the location, however the page often contains lanterns in the vicinity of this location. List of the locations (If it's different from the title) is placed at the top of the page. Some locations were far from any areas: they are presented in "Unrelated Addresses" page.
A lot of our photos were taken at the end of 1990s-beginning of 2000s. In 2018 we decided to create a website to show our collection and, after checking the Toronto locations with Google Street View, we noticed a lot of changes. Google Street View feature allowing to check views going back to 2007 often helps to find time of the change. Living in Toronto we had the opportunity, while still continue to use Google, to revisit a lot of Toronto neighbourhoods and take new photos. Our website presents most recent photos, or sometimes both old and new photos to emphasize the change.
Revisiting locations we found out that while original and unique exterior and interior lanterns of most landmarks,
public and religious buildings remained intact or restored, some lanterns disappeared or changed.
In many cases unique lanterns (often after renovations) were not restored or were replaced with common, of the shelf
ones. For example:
- 42 Yonge Street, Marche Restaurant (Yonge Street Downtown page)
- 1212 Yonge St and 2 Glen Elm Avenue (Yonge Street North of Bloor page)
- 1-2 Clarendon Avenue ( University Ave, Queen's Park, Avenue Rd page)
At the same time many owners of the houses in such areas as The Annex, Rosedale, Forrest Hill and others keep very unique lanterns (sometimes, even gas lanterns). If we have information on current status of a lantern we put a note in the photo caption. We put (?) if we could not confirm lantern's existence or conditions. If there is no note, it means that the lantern exists and has not changed.