The assembly of Lawrence Park began in 1907 by the
Dovercourt Land Building and Saving Company. They acquired the north
parcel of the park from John Lawrence, after whom this neighbourhood
The president of the Dovercourt Land Company was Wilfred Servington
Dinnick. It was under Dinnick’s direction that Lawrence Park
was developed as a suburb for the “well to do”.
The first advertisement for Lawrence Park trumpeted it as an “aristocratic
neighbourhood”, “four hundred feet above Lake Ontario,
and Far from the Lake Winds in Winter”. However, Lawrence
Park’s development was sporadic. The building of houses was
interrupted by two world wars, a recession and a depression. It
wasn’t until the 1950’s that this neighbourhood was
Lawrence Park is one of Toronto’s most exclusive
residential neighbourhoods. It is located in a very peaceful and
tranquil setting that includes gently rolling hills, several parks,
a ravine, winding roads, many that don’t have sidewalks and
a lush topography.
Lawrence Park’s shops, schools and recreational
facilities are located on its periphery, which keeps traffic on
the residential streets to a minimum.
The high profile shops and restaurants in the Yonge
and Lawrence area, are well patronized by Lawrence Park residents.
This shopping district includes fashion stores, children’s
stores, sporting goods stores, gift shops, bakeries, gourmet dining,
casual restaurants plus the ever popular coffee shops.
Many of the residents belong to the prestigious Granite Club which
has an abundance of sports and recreational activities, excellent
dining and is conveniently located at Bayview and Lawrence.
Lawrence Park’s whimsical houses include a
variety of architectural styles including English Cottage, Tudor
Revival, Georgian and Colonial style designs. Most of these homes
were built between 1910 and the late 1940’s.
Lawrence Park is a good place to find a house that blends the old
with the new. For the last few years parts of Lawrence Park have
been redeveloped with magnificent new homes architecturally complimenting
the old, including leaded glass windows, high ceilings and substantial
wood mouldings along with rich hardwood floors. Timeless and elegant
with all the amenities for the 21st century these magnificent homes
now adorn the winding streets of Lawrence Park.
||2 Strathgowan Crescent
||(416) 393-9105 (public)
|Sunny View Jr. & Sr.
||450 Blythwood Road
||(416) 393-9275 (public)
|Bedford Park Public School
||81 Ranleigh Avenue
||(416) 393-9424 (public)
|Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute
||125 Chatsworth Drive
||(416) 393-9500 (public HS)
|North Toronto Collegiate Institute
||70 Roehampton Ave.
|| (416) 393-9180 (public HS)
|Northern Secondary School
||851 Mt. Pleasant Road
||(416) 393-0270 (public HS)
|St. Clements School
||21 St. Clements Avenue
||(416) 483-4835 (private)
||1451 Avenue Road
||(416) 483-3519 (private)
|The Toronto French School
||296 Lawrence Avenue E
|| (416) 484-6522 (private)
||2365 Bayview Ave.
||(416) 449-2556 (private)
||411 Lawrence Ave. E
||(416) 444-5858 (private)
||411 Lawrence Ave. E
||(416) 391-1441 (private HS)
||101 Mason Blvd.
||(416) 393-5510 (public HS)
||24 Bedford Park Ave.
||(416) 393-5226 (separate)
Most Lawrence Park residents are within walking
distance of bus routes that run along Yonge Street, Mount Pleasant
Road, Bayview Avenue and Lawrence Avenue. The Lawrence subway station,
located at the intersection of Yonge and Lawrence, is part of Toronto’s
main subway line.
Both Bayview and Yonge Street connect to
Highway 401 within a five to ten minute drive from Lawrence Park.