The Annex was built for Toronto’s elite, including Timothy Eaton, of Eatons department store, and George Gooderham, president of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery. It is now home to a mix of successful business people, prominent artists, University of Toronto students and faculty, and people from all walks of life. It has the feel of a college neighbourhood, albeit an affluent one.
Mainly built from the 1880s to early 1900s, Annex homes are beautiful examples of many architectural styles including Victorian, Queen Anne, Edwardian, Georgian, English cottage and Romanesque. The architectural detail is among the finest in the city, Credit River sandstone, rich red brick, and terra cotta clay tiles, turrets, grand archways and wooden spindled porches.
Most of the commercial activity in the neighbourhood takes place along Bloor St, which is filled with small restaurants, pubs and bookshops.
Bloor Street West is known for its lively arts community and nightlife. The Royal Ontario Museum and the George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art are on your doorstep at Avenue Road and Bloor, and at the corner of Spadina and Bloor the Trinty-St Paul's Centre is the home of the Tafelmusik orchestra. The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, closer to Bathurst, is the largest-capacity operating cinema in the city and one of the only documentary-focused cinemas in the world. The Brunswick House, at Brunswick and Bloor one of Toronto’s oldest taverns is one of many watering holes favoured by University of Toronto faculty and students.
Honest Ed’s store at the south west corner of Bloor and Bathurst was a Toronto landmark for over 60 years. Stay tuned for the redevelopment planned for Mirvish Village.