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    One hundred years ago, St. Clair Avenue West was Toronto's northern city limit. Not much more than a dirt road through farmland with few commercial or residential buildings. The first streetcar heralded the beginning of the neighbourhood’s development and the creation of a thriving and diverse community. This year, the WBCA is presenting a range of programming in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the St. Clair Streetcar and the Wychwood Carhouse. We hope that this project will become a source of pride and a tremendous resource for generations to come.

    The Wychwood Barns Community Association is an independent volunteer-managed not-for-profit community organization located at the Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto. The WBCA is committed to serving the neighbourhoods surrounding the Barns and puts on events for community engagement and enjoyment and creates opportunities for the community to celebrate and learn about the rich history of the Barns site. Please visit www.atthebarns.org for more information about our heritage, arts and the community.


    The research material included in this App was compiled by Michelle Mattern (WBCA Board Member) and Murray Rice (Centennial Research Committee Chair). The WBCA is greatly indebted to the following people who contributed their time, knowledge and expertise to researching the history of St. Clair as part of the Centennial Research Committee: Stephanie Lever, Siân Madsen, Sheryl Mitchell, Rita Nelson, Chris Pattison, Judith Roback, and Diana Sernick. Additional thanks go to Ruth Baumann, John Smith and Ted Wickson for their significant contributions to this project. Finally, the staff at the Toronto Public Libraries, the City of Toronto Archives, the Toronto Transit Commission and Heritage Toronto helped to make this project possible.

    The WBCA would like to acknowledge the generous financial support of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and TD.

    This St.Clair App was developed in conjunction with the Ryerson University Library and Archives and Department of Architectural Science. Special thanks to Vincent Hui, Ariel Cooke, Steven Marsden, Fangmin Wang, Lisa Li and Hanny Sierra.