Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tuesday Treasures

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

June 2018 - Toronto ON

Sitting quietly outside the gaudy, rambunctious Eaton Centre is this unassuming plaque. 

In 1886, only four years after it had come to Canada from England, a young Christian revival movement known as Salvation Army built its Territorial Headquarters for Canada and Bermuda on this site. From 1886 to 1995, two different Headquarters buildings stood here. The first was noted for its grand auditorium and for its imposing façade marked by battlements.

A beauty! Photo c. 1890 Toronto Public Library, r-658

That building was demolished and replaced by one designed by architectural firm John B. Parkin Associates. Opened in 1956, this was one of Toronto's first modern office buildings, and was considered to have 'set the pace in downtown Toronto for style for many years to come'. 

In 1995, The Salvation Army relocated its Territorial Headquarters, and the second building was also demolished to make way for expansion of the Toronto Eaton Centre.

Along with administrative offices, the Headquarters buildings also housed Toronto Temple (church). For over 100 years, Sunday worship services, revival meetings, and social service programs for those in need brought people to this corner. For that reason, this square was officially named "Salvation Square" in 1987.


  1. ...few things last forever! History is often about change and this corner has seen its share. Thanks Jackie for sharing, enjoy your week.

  2. I know the area, and now its name makes sense.

  3. Great architecture and interesting history.


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