Fashion District is a commercial and residential district in Downtown

Spread out on approximately 20 blocks, the Fashion District was once one of Toronto's most important commercial hubs. Many of the local warehouses, factories and other industrial buildings have been renovated and converted into contemporary residential and office properties. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) streetcars link the community with the adjacent downtown area, including the Harbourfront along Lake Ontario. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Occupying one block in the southwestern corner of the Fashion District, Victoria Memorial Square dates back to the late 18th century. Originally used as a cemetery, the property has evolved into a scenic urban park. The graveyard was almost exclusively used for military burials until the 1860s. The most notable landmark on the modern grounds is a monument that commemorates the War of 1812. Standing on a stone pedestal, the bronze statue was made by Walter Seymour Allward in the early 20th century. The historic park was renovated in 2011 with generous contributions by a local neighborhood association. Situated in the Fashion District's southeastern quarter, Clarence Square is a small urban sanctuary with a dog park and plenty of shade from trees. A commemorative plaque for Alexander Roberts Dunn is installed at this square. This gentleman was the first person from Canada to claim the Victoria Cross, a highly regarded award in the traditional British honors system. Standing near the park's southern edge, the Steele Briggs Seed Company Warehouse is a prominent historic landmark. This five-story commercial building was built in 1913 to support a thriving seed industry in Canada. Having a red brick facade, this warehouse highlights the community's rich industrial heritage. Constructed in 1879, the elegant Clarence Terrace rowhouse is also one of the neighborhood's oldest surviving buildings. This charming residence is situated on the northern end of Clarence Square. Centrally located in the district, St. Andrew Market and Playground is another popular green space. An off-leash dog park, children's playground and drinking fountains are accessible to the public at this small park that's surrounded by high-rise buildings. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Arguably the premier entertainment venue in the Fashion District, the Factory Theatre has been in business since 1970. Canadian playwright George F. Walker made some of his most famous plays at this intimate theatre that occupies a Victorian building. Built in the late 1860s by Gundry and Langley, the facility is one of the neighborhood's top architectural gems. Most of the plays at the Factory Theatre focus on contemporary culture in various provinces of Canada. You don't have to wander far from this historic neighborhood to find world-class attractions, such as the CN Tower. The Entertainment District and Harbourfront are only steps away from the revamped community that was once the fashion epicenter of Toronto. Fort York National Historic Site is also situated right on the Fashion District's border.

Visiting the Fashion District

Queen Street West marks the northern boundary of the Fashion District. This historic thoroughfare has tracks for the 501 and 301 TTC streetcars. Cutting through the heart of the community, King Street has multiple stops along the 304 and 504 streetcars. Considered one of the city's most important commercial roads, Spadina Avenue defines the district's eastern border. The 310 and 510 streetcars will get you to various points on this well-developed avenue. More than 10 parking lots are scattered throughout this vibrant district, which is mostly lined with renovated residential units and premier office space. Union Station and the St. Andrew subway station are located just a few blocks east of the neighborhood. Published On: 2019-06-06
Updated On: 2019-10-31

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