Toronto's Historical Plaques
Learn a little of Toronto's history as told through its plaques
Rosa and Spencer Clark
Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted June, 2011
In the Guild Inn Gardens on the south side of The Guild Inn at 201 Guildwood Parkway, is this 1983 plaque. Here's what it says:
Plaque coordinates: 43.747542 -79.191905
Erected by colleagues and friends of Rosa and Spencer Clark as a tribute to their life work in conservation, the arts and other facets of community service.
The Guild of All Arts, co-founded by them as a haven for artists and craftsmen, became a cultural sanctuary attracting visitors from around the world. Rosa Clark, with her gifted talents, was an inspiration to all until her death in 1981.
When major cities began their transition from classical stone and marble buildings to contemporary styles, Spencer Clark had the foresight to save the important features from over sixty buildings and create Canada's first architectural museum with a Greek Theatre as the centre piece. His collection of sculpture became the nucleus for his vision of a greater sculpture park.
The Guild is an integral part of the social fabric of this country and has touched the lives of countless individuals and groups from every walk of life. It came into public hands in 1978 but Spencer Clark continued its operation and further enrichment until December 31, 1983.
This plaque was donated in gratitude for cherished memories and was unveiled by the Honourable John Aird O.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.D. Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
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