The Toronto Architectural Conservancy and the Market Gallery present

B U I L D I N G    B L O C K S
on Queen Street West
1847 - 1890

Forthcoming from the exhibit:
a documentary film (click to view the trailer...)

and a publication.


The families, designers, speculators, shop-keepers,
buildings and times of Queen West.

Based on The Toronto Architectural Conservancy's
Call for Tender project which documents every such
printed instance from the Globe newspaper, start to
finish (1847-1890). This database accurately charts
the evolution of Toronto over those 43 formative
years. Queen Street as we recognize it still, had
its genesis in these Globe pages alongside many
other projects, large and small, City-wide.

The entire database (3000+ complete entries),
transcribed by T.A.C.'s Kent Rawson, is packaged
and available for purchase in Acrobat PDF on CD.

The exhibit at the Market Gallery was a great success.
A book and documentary a film are both in production,
based on the research for the exhibitiom.

This exhibit and forthcoming proceedings are dedicated to the memory of Edna Hudson


e-mail: steve(at)

Toronto Architectural Conservancy