Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | December 31, 2015

Historic Cornwall – Garden City

Garden City was one of the early suburbs in the former Cornwall Township that became a Cornwall neighbourhood on January 1, 1957 when the City annexed much of the Township.  The name Garden City no longer appears on Cornwall maps.

Many people know of or have heard of Garden City. Some have said that it was basically everything north of (the other/wrong side of) the Glebe tracks in the Cumberland Street area. One said that he’d always been told that it was south of there, in the area around Woodlawn Cemetery on Cumberland. Some of the 1950 era maps show it, in modern terms, as the area running from Notre Dame Street (formerly Lass Street) to Cumberland Street and from 12th St W to 14th St W. This map shows the sub-division and surrounding area. Was it where you thought it was?



In a 1956 political campaign meeting at St. Theresa’s Church on 13th St. W., Mayor Aaron Horovitz, in speaking about the Garden City area, identified the lack of a street light in front of that church, a lack of mail boxes (delivery to the door), pending concrete street paving on Cumberland Street between 11th & 13th, and pending storm sewers on Cumberland Street as typical of the types of local improvement that could be expected by Annexation and with the residents paying just 40% of the local improvement cost rather than 60% ,which was the norm under the Township arrangement.

As an aside, notice Roosevelt Street a bit north of Garden City; today it is named Bedford Street to align with the adjacent street in the Square Mile.

To return to our main post on Historic Cornwall neighbourhoods, please follow this LINK.


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