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 includes the Baby Point neighbourhood, which is located on a promontory overlooking the Humber River north of Bloor Street West. The area is of particular significance to Indigenous communities given its known history as a site used by their ancestors for millennia, The Baby Point Study Area was identified as an Archaeologically Sensitive Area in the City of Toronto’s Archaeological Management Plan. The promontory is perhaps best known as the location of a well-documented, mid-to late seventeenth century Haudenosaunee village named Teiaiagon, which may represent one of the largest archaeological sites in the city of Toronto.
The neighbourhood is also defined by single-family houses on landscaped lots, a mature tree canopy and picturesque setting. The area was 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.