Subdivided during the 1870’s and 1880’s, The Annex quickly became one of the elite neighbourhoods in Toronto. The first residents were extremely affluent and included Timothy Eaton the owner of Eaton’s Department Stores and George Godderham of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery.
The Golden era lasted until the 1920’s when the upper class migrated to the North in the stylish suburbs of Forest Hill and Lawrence Park. The Annex was saved from the proposed construction of the Spadina Expressway which was designed to separate The Annex in half by the Annex Residents Association, a group of lobbyist who stayed behind during the migration.
The Annex is over one hundred years old and remains one of Toronto’s prominent neighbourhoods.
The Annex is home to successful business people, University of Toronto students and faculty, artists, and people from all walks of life. The neighbourhood is lively with the University of Toronto providing loads of energy. Bars, restaurants and night clubs abound along crowded Bloor Street. Various rooming houses and multi unit homes in the Annex have been transformed into single family homes and Toronto apartment rentals to revive the historic opulence of the Annex.
The Main shopping district is located on Bloor Street. On the stretch one can find anything from clothing boutiques, bookstores, food markets, travel agencies to restaurants and cafes. On Markham Street, just south of Bloor, the Mirvish Village shopping district is located. Here you will find bookstores, art galleries, antique stores and specialty stores.
The Annex becomes alive during the night time when people from all over the city come together to frequent restaurants, bars and night clubs. For those looking to keep in or get into shape, the University of Toronto’s Athletic Center or the Jewish Community Center can be found at the intersection of Bloor and Spadina.
At 16 Spadina Rd., the Native Canadian Center of Toronto offers programs and services to Toronto’s Native community and the general public. The Spadina Road Public Library is located at 16 Spadina Road.
If your Toronto apartment is in the Annex you will find subway stations at Spadina and Bathurst on the Bloor-Danforth line and at Dupont Street on the Yonge-University-Spadina line
Huron Jr., 541 Huron St., (416) 393-1570
Jesse Ketchum Jr. & Sr., 61 Davenport Rd., (416) 393-1530
Palmerston Jr., 734 Palmerston Ave., (416) 393-9305
Central Technical School, 725 Bathurst St., (416) 393-0060
(Public High School)
Loretto College, 391 Brunswick Ave., (416) 393-5511 or South Campus, 783 Bathurst St., (416) 393-5543
University of Toronto School, 371 Bloor West., (416) 978-3212
Royal St. Georges College, 120 Howland Ave., (416) 533-9481
University of Toronto, St. George Campus, (416) 978-2011