Leader Lane and Colborne St in 2021 & 2024

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Looking towards the northeast corner of Leader Lane and Colborne St in Toronto’s Old Town, St Lawrence neighbourhood.

From 1966 to 2021, the building was the location of Tom Jones Steak House; however, the brick structure has a long history, with many portions dating back to the 1800s.

According to historical maps and directories, the corner was initially the site of a printing shop. In the late 1870s, the building was occupied by Foster James, who operated a mathematical instruments business. By 1884, Grand & Toy opened their first stationary store and later added a two-storey wing on the structure’s north side. In the mid-1890s, the building became the Hub Hotel, then housed jewel and jewel/watch display case businesses. From the late 1910s until about 1964, the property was the site of Smellie & Sons Ltd, a jewellery manufacturer, who added a third storey on the north wing.

Today, the heritage-designated property at 17 Leader Lane/40 Colborne St is commercial space. Adjoining the building’s north and east sides is 65 King East, an office and retail tower.

Then and Now

2021/2024 – Looking towards the northeast corner of Leader Lane and Colborne St in Toronto's Old Town, St Lawrence neighbourhood. From 1966 to 2021, the building was the location of Tom Jones Steak House; however, the brick structure has a long history, with many portions dating back to the 1800s. According to historical maps and directories, the corner was initially the site of a printing shop. In the late 1870s, the building was occupied by Foster James, who operated a mathematical instruments business. By 1884, Grand & Toy opened their first stationary store and later added a two-storey wing on the structure's north side. In the mid-1890s, the building became the Hub Hotel, then housed jewel and jewel/watch display case businesses. From the late 1910s until about 1964, the property was the site of Smellie & Sons Ltd, a jewellery manufacturer, who added a third storey on the north wing. Today, the heritage-designated property at 17 Leader Lane/40 Colborne St is commercial space. Adjoining the building's north and east sides is 65 King East, an office and retail tower
2021/2024 – Looking towards the northeast corner of Leader Lane and Colborne St in Toronto’s Old Town, St Lawrence neighbourhood
SOURCE
  • Photo: Denise Marie for TorontoJourney416
  • City of Toronto: Inclusion on the Heritage Register: 40 Colborne St, report dated Nov 15, 2016

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