Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | May 2, 2017

Before Cornwall Square – lower Sydney Street

Welcome to Part II in our series. Prior to the 1970s/80s urban renewal efforts which saw the creation of Cornwall Square and later the Chevrier federal building, that part of the City looked quite different than now.

In 1978 this was the east side of Sydney Street as seen from the corner of First Street East, prior to the street’s re-alignment around Cornwall Square. Today the Cornwall Square Dollarama and a section of the parking lot is on the site.

And the west side of Sydney Street included St. Paul’s United Church, Pearson’s Furniture (formerly a dance hall) and the Cornwall Electric garages and sub-station. The east end of the Cornwall Square parking garage sits on the former church site now.

Here is the relevant section of the 1963 Fire Insurance plan.

The BarnsThe old bus barns are in plain view here.


The garage depicted in the plan was Halliwell’s as above.

Stay tuned for Part III. If you missed it, here is a LINK to Part I.

Thanks are offered to Dr. Margaret Macaulay, who allowed us to scan these photos from her cherished photo album. What history is in your closet waiting to be shared? If you have Cornwall photos to share, please contact us at


  1. Truly loved seeing these. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you so much for posting these photos. Had some real good times at St. Paul’s in a Youth Group. So sorry to see what was lost for the Square. It belonged on the outskirts of town.

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