The Baby Point Heritage Conservation District Study was initiated in Spring 2017, and included historic and archival research, a built form survey, analysis and evaluation to determine if the Study Area warrants designation. The HCD Study was received by the Toronto Preservation Board on July 12, 2018, including the recommendation to proceed with developing an HCD Plan for the Baby Point neighbourhood.
The Baby Point Study Area overlooks the Humber River north of Bloor Street West, and is defined by single-family houses on landscaped lots, a mature tree canopy and picturesque setting. The Study Area includes two neighbourhoods – Baby Point, located on a promontory overlooking the river, and Old Millside to the south. Both areas were part of Robert Home Smith’s Humber Valley Surveys, with Baby Point proceeding in development according to the garden suburb model. The study area contains representative examples of domestic revival architecture, picturesquely situated to enhance the streetscape, emphasize the ample lot size and conserve the mature tree canopy and natural topography.
The Baby Point Study Area was identified as an Archaeologically Sensitive Area in the City of Toronto’s Archaeological Management Plan. It is the location of the 17th century Indigenous village of Teiaiagon and extensive indigenous use, and is believed to be the location of a French garrison dating to the mid-18th century. It was later the estate of Jacques Baby, an early European settler in Toronto and member of the Family Compact.