Children playing in a creek surrounded by trees
Wychwood Park, general creek scene
June 17, 1916
City of Toronto Archives
Series 393, Item 13270


In 1888, landscape artist Marmaduke Matthews and businessman Alexander Jardine created Wychwood Park, a private residential enclave for artists and businessmen at Bathurst Street and Davenport Road.

Between 1907 and 1911, much of the park was developed, with Eden Smith & Sons designing many of the houses in the English Arts and Crafts style. In the 1980s, this unique enclave was threatened by demolition of one of the larger houses for redevelopment, prompting the park trustees and residents to seek designation as a Heritage Conservation District under the Ontario Heritage Act.


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