This neighbourhood is named after a man called John Lawrence, who was the dominant landowner in this area until 1907. In this year, the Dovercourt Land Company took possession of a large part of the area. The president of the Dovercourt Land Company, Wilfred Dinnick, turned Lawrence Park into an area for the well-off. However, the neighbourhood was never fully developed until the 1950’s because of war, recession and depression.
Since Lawrence Park was built over a number of years, the architectural styles vary. You can find Georgian, Colonial, English Cottage and Tudor Revival. However, many of these homes have a modern influence to them, creating unique appearances.
The Yonge-Lawrence village is considered to be in the heart of uptown Toronto. It has a community feel, with family-friendly shops, such as sophisticated cafes to toy stores and family-friendly events such as fun fairs. There is also a wide selection of restaurants, from Italian to American to Indian.
This area has a few recreational facilities such as the Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, the Lawrence Park Ravine, Blythwood Ravine and Sherwood Park. There are tennis courts, a bowling club, playgrounds, and lots of places for runners, bikers or walkers. There is also a public library that holds programs for adults and children alike.
Sunny View Junior and Senior Public School
Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute
Blythwood Junior Public School
TFS- Canada’s International School- Toronto
York University- Glendon Campus
Lawrence Avenue to the north
Bayview Avenue to the east
Blythwood Ravine/ Sherwood Park to the south
Yonge Street to the west