Toronto's Historical Plaques
2004 - Now in our 10th Year - 2014
Photo by the City of Toronto - Posted September, 2011
Photo and transcription by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011
Attached to this eastbound St. Clair Avenue West transit shelter at Christie Street is this City of Toronto plaque. Here's what it says:
Plaque coordinates: 43.681730 -79.425399
In 1847, Barrister Robert John Turner built one of the earliest homes north of Davenport. "Bracondale Hill" stood on the northwest corner of Christie and Davenport. Carved from the oak forest, the estate included stables and an orchard.
Robert's eldest son, Frank Prince Turner, travelled the world as an engineer. After his father's death in 1872, Frank returned to "Bracondale Hill" and helped establish the village. He built the village's first post office (with the area's first library upstairs), lobbied for a street railroad on Davenport and sold hundreds of building lots around his home, and south almost to Bloor St.
Conrad Turner, the youngest of Robert's seven children, lived in "Bracondale Hill" until his death in 1932. The home was demolished in 1937 and the family's remaining 1.6 ha became Hillcrest Park.
Street names in the 1911 subdivision near the park commemorate the family - Turner, Frank, Conrad and Bracondale Hill Road.
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