Marta will use archival and current images to explore the rich and diverse histories of Riverdale, Cabbagetown and The Beach in this three-part virtual illustrated series. 

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Guest speaker: architectural historian Marta O’Brien

East Toronto – full of varied and vibrant neighbourhoods – refers to one of the oldest sections of our city east of the Don River. Marta will use archival and current images to explore the rich and diverse histories of Riverdale, Cabbagetown and The Beach in this three-part virtual illustrated series.

June 2 – Riverdale: Beyond the Don

June 9 – Cabbagetown: A Victorian Treasure

June 16 – The Beach: Beyond the Boardwalk

 

June 2 – Riverdale: Beyond the Don

This huge neighbourhood exhibits great pride in its community and heritage buildings. Its Edwardian houses, Greektown, converted factories and variety of churches make it an engaging place to explore. Learn of the area’s history through its new and old buildings. Riverdale’s history has a few surprises.

June 9 – Cabbagetown: A Victorian Treasure

This well-preserved Victorian neighbourhood includes multi-storey professionals’ houses and tiny workers’ cottages. We’ll see how Cabbagetown residents preserve their history and architecture. A converted church and picturesque historical cemeteries are included.

June 16 – The Beach: Beyond the Boardwalk 

This former summer refuge is now a thriving neighbourhood of long-time residents and young families. Queen Street is lined with shops and small apartment buildings, while side streets with charming houses and gardens connect Queen to the boardwalk along the shore. We’ll hear of the area’s history, which unfortunately includes a period of overt anti-Semitism.

Marta O’Brien has been an architectural historian for nearly 30 years. She earned her architecture degree with honours, and her Masters degree researching the urban environment. Marta teaches architectural history courses for the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Through her company, Citywalks, she presents tours and illustrated talks for historical societies, seniors’ learning organizations, and others. In 2021, Marta was elected an Honorary Member of the Ontario Association of Architects. Marta has given several lectures at the Miles Nadal JCC over the years, including Toronto Island: A Unique CommunityThe Annex: Toronto’s First Suburb and last spring’s virtual series Architecture in our Own Backyard. For more information visit citywalks.ca

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A Kultura Collective Member

Start Date June 2, 2022

Closing Date June 19, 2022

On Thursday from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.

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MNjcc Zoom Meeting

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$24.00

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