January 23 2002
James McCowan Memorial Social History Society
My sincere thanks for your contribution to A Glimpse of Toronto's History: Opportunities for the Commemoration of Lost Historic Sites. I am pleased to enclose a copy of this study for you. Congratulations also to the Toronto Historical Association for its leadership in promoting the concept for this study and arrranging for the involvement of its partners expecially the Maps Project.
I understand that the preparation of the study was, for many, a labour of love and the outcome reflects the level of commitment by the many heritage volunteers who participated in its development. The study will inspire people to do much more to research and commemorate the stories of the people and events of Toronto's past. Also, it is excellent background research for the new Official Plan for the City of Toronto.
To celebrate the publication of this study and by way of a thank you to the many volunteers who contributed to the study, I will be hosting a reception on Thursday, February 21, 2002, 6:00 to 7:30 PM, Toronto City Hall Members' Lounge, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto.
I hope you will attend this celebration.
Paul J. Bedford
Re-printed in The Scarboro Heights Record V10 #5
And We Continue to Contribute... But we think there should also be a strong expression of "What can be done in the context of developing Toronto that continues the good works represented in the report" -- historic plaques, parks, interpretive educational programs, walking tours, publications, easements for significant sites, reproduction construction, stage production, and public art.
One such project is our Sept. 7 walking tour of the Scarboro Heights lakefront area (McCowan Road - Bellamy Road) including the McCowan Settlement Lost Historic Site.
The James McCowan
is Proud to be
"Front and Centre" at a Major Exhibition
Toronto Reference Library, Canada Trust Gallery
On Display will be
The Scarboro Heights Record V10 #5
Toronto's Lost Sites Project
In March, 2000, the Toronto Maps Project Editorial Board prepared a list of 250 "Lost Heritage Sites" in the City of Toronto. The intent was to demonstrate to the Toronto Planning Department just what valuable heritage sites have been lost up to now because of re-development.
The James McCowan Memorial Social History Society was surprised, yet pleased, to note that the "McCowan Farm" was listed as one of these important lost sites. Also listed were over a dozen other sites in the former City of Scarborough. The McCowan Society was asked by the Maps Project to submit data for several of these sites that would support their selection for presentation to the Toronto Planning Department.
In August 2000, the McCowan Society contributed supporting data for the following Lost Sites in Scarborough:
The first two are in the Scarboro Heights area -- generally the Brimley / Kingston / Bellamy Roads portion of the Lakefront. The Cornell Farm is just a little east of Markham Road and may also be rather considered "part of" Scarboro Heights. This truly recognizes Scarboro Heights as a historic community.
Gates Tavern and Gates Gully were not among the 250 listed sites -- but we submitted a description anyway because of their relative importance in the context of Scarboro Heights. Gates Gully, recently transformed by a major public works, is the route for the new Doris McCarthy Trail. We also contributed an additional item regarding "Scarboro Heights" itself to underscore the historic importance of the overall community.
Several of our submissions are at the links at the top of this page.
Each McCowan Society submission included:
The final report was released at a reception in Toronto City Hall in February 2002.
We are flattered that the 1833 McCowan Settlement site on Meadowcliffe Drive is one of only 14 "Lost Historic Sites in Toronto" that were selected to be on www.city.toronto.on.ca/torontoplan/lost.htm.
From The Scarboro Heights Record V10 #2