Thursday, December 22, 2011

St Patrick's Market/A. Stork and Sons/Then and Now

St Patrick's Market, built in 1854 stood here until 1912 when it was
replaced by the building below.

Here's a couple of photos (again from the 80's) of A.Stork and Sons
Fresh Killed Poultry on Queen West.
To the left is the Beverly Tavern and to the right
an empty lot where the Christmas tree lot
from "A Christmas Story" was filmed in 1982.
On several occasions I remember hanging out back of
the Bev late at night and watching the police round
up stray chickens that had escaped the slaughter.
Sometime in the mid 1980's.
As seen in the movie. The empty lot has since been filled in.
Sometime in the early 1980's, Photo by P. Cummins.
A somewhat current view.
The building has since been re-purposed as the Queen Street Market but remains mostly vacant.


  1. Hi, can you tell us the source of the old hand drawn image of the market? Also, I have found the market mentioned in a 1846/7 city directory, which puts it as being built before 1854. Thanks!

  2. I"m sure that I pulled that from the internet.As for the date, that piece of land was set aside as a public market space from the earliest days of Toronto (York) as was the St Lawrence Market.
    According to Patricia McHugh in her book, Toronto Architecture:
    "In 1836 D'Arcy Boulton Jr. donated some of his land for a market.
    The first market built by the city was a simple wooden Georgian design". This was soon replaced by the second market seen above.