far back as 1892 the village
of New Toronto was served
by a Post Office located at 818
Lake Shore Road, under the management of Christopher
Reid. Prior to this time, residents
of the village secured their mail at Mimico. Mr. Reid acted as Postmaster until 1906, when
the position was given to Adam
Dyer. At this time the Post Office
was a sideline to a grocery business.
In 1908, J.H.
Whitlam assumed office, and in 1910, he moved the office to 131 Sixth Street,
where it remained until the opening of the premises on the corner of Seventh
and Lake Shore Road
on August 31st, 1936.
(Pictured to the left in 1937)
June 1929, home delivery was instituted in Mimico and
New Toronto, with the New Toronto office as the distributing point. Long
Branch was included in this distribution in 1935. (Extracted from New Toronto in Story and Picture: A Souvenir of the
July First Celebration 1937, in conjunction with the postmaster information
listed on the Library
and Archives Canada website).
building on Seventh and Lakeshore now houses Job Start, an organization that
helps people find work. I’ve been asked
if anyone knows what happened to the clock that used to be in front of the post
office (seen in the picture below from about 1980) and if it could be
reinstalled. It was installed by the BIA
(Business Improvement Association) in 1987, but I am told that it never worked
properly. I’m still trying to come
across an old newspaper that might have an article about its demise, because
I’ve received a couple stories already.
One story says that a couple years ago, the clock just crashed to the
ground and broke. Another person said
several years ago, a vehicle crashed into it.
Maybe there was a crash that weakened the structure enough to fall a
couple years later? And another story says that an errant truck hit it and the
city just came and took the clock away.
That story didn’t tell me if it had actually crashed to the ground. If anyone has any further information about
this clock, please e-mail me @ [email protected]. Regardless, the City of Toronto says it will not
building is historically significant, designed in the Art Deco style by
architects Catto & Catto. It is constructed of Ontario limestone with polished black
granite around the foundation and roof.
It has a terrazzo floor and a modern skylight in the interior public
area. The one-storey addition on the
east side was constructed in 1962, matching the original design of the main
building. The building came under threat
as Canada Post streamlined its operations and the structure was no longer
needed, but in 1997 the CAWL organization took over, and the building has since
been preserved. Last I heard, Job Start was looking to have the front steps
repaired in keeping with the rest of the building, but restoration projects
like that are expensive, and funds are limited.
Unfortunately, the building has not yet been designated under the
Heritage Act, so they are not eligible for the grants that are offered for that
type of work.