A Hamilton native, Mark Osbaldeston has written and spoken extensively on architectural and planning history. His first book, Unbuilt Toronto, was the basis for an exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum and was a finalist for the Toronto Book Awards and the SpeakerÂ’s Book Award. It also received a Heritage Toronto Award of Merit, as did its sequel, Unbuilt Toronto 2.
Toronto Neighbourhoods 7-Book Bundle
The Toronto Neighbourhoods bundle presents a collection of titles that provide fascinating insight into the history and development of Canadaâ€™s largest and most diverse city. Beginning with histories of Canadaâ€™s longest street and the early days of what was once called York (The Yonge Street Story, 1793-1860; A City in the Making; Opportunity Road), the titles in the bundle go on to examine the development of particular unique neighbourhoods that help give the city its character (Willowdale, Leaside). Finally, Mark Osbaldestonâ€™s acclaimed, award-winning Unbuilt Toronto and Unbuilt Toronto 2 go beyond history and into the arena of speculation as the author details ambitious and possibly city-changing plans that never came to fruition. For lovers of Toronto, this collection is a bonanza of insights and facts.
- A City in the Making
- Opportunity Road
- Unbuilt Toronto
- Unbuilt Toronto 2
- The Yonge Street Story, 1793-1860
Scottish-born F.R. "Hamish" Berchem sailed in submarines with the Royal Navy before transferring to the Royal Canadian Navy. He was Commanding Officer, HMCS York, Toronto, from 1970 to 1973. He has honours and masters degrees in history and English from the University of Toronto and has taught high school at Don Mills and Bathurst Heights Collegiates in North York.
Frederick H. Armstrong, a graduate of the University of Toronto, is a Professor of History at the University of Western Ontario, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author or editor of numerous books and studies on Upper Canada including a new edition of Henry Scaddings Toronto of Old; Aspects of Nineteenth Century Ontario; and Toronto: The Place of Meeting.
Scott Kennedy witnessed the farms surrounding his North York childhood home being planted with a new cash crop of buildings. He joined the Toronto Musiciansâ€™ Association in 1969, but never lost his passion for history. He traces the evolution of a Toronto neighbourhood in his book Willowdale. Scott lives in a Heritage Conservation District he helped create in Torontoâ€™s Beach neighbourhood.
Jane Pitfield, a well-known former city councillor, took up residence in Leaside in 1984. She quickly became involved with the community organizations, was elected as school trustee and later, as part of the council for the City of Toronto. Her interest in history is reflected through her active support of heritage initiatives in her community, and, in particular, her generous support of the Leaside Branch of the Toronto Public Library.