After returning from Ryerson’s newly introduced fall reading week, that took place last week, students are (hopefully) refreshed and recharged to be back at school. I know I am! The time I had during reading week provided me with a great opportunity to make use of some great Toronto resources that are practically at my doorstep. Let me tell you a little bit about them.
This year I was so excited to finally get the chance to take what I think is one of the best elective classes, History of Toronto: Wilderness to Metropolis. If you love learning about the roots of Toronto, what was here before you were and why, this is definitely a class to look into enrolling in. Anyways, for this particular class I’m completing a biography on a historical building in the Toronto area. So I chose St. Lawrence Hall, which is a beautiful public building located on the South West corner of King Street East and Jarvis Street. In order to get a little bit more acquainted with the building I took a quick walk to visit the building site. What a gorgeous building. Did you know that there are real gas lamps outside that run all year long? How authentic! I found it amazing that this building was constructed in 1850 and has seen many great events, speeches and galas throughout its time. I was so glad I went to visit!
In order to get the entire scoop about St. Lawrence Hall I had to visit a lot more places to get some good information. One of the best places for projects or essays requiring a little bit of an extra “oomph” or if you just want to find a quiet place to study that also has a Balzacs Coffee Roasters is the Toronto Reference Library. I probably spent hours sifting through street directories and maps of the city – but surprisingly I actually had a lot of fun.
Last, but not least, right at home on our very own Ryerson Campus is Oakham House. This was the former estate home of William Thomas the architect of St. Lawrence Hall. He was a British Immigrant to Canada and put forth designs on several buildings that are now iconic to the Toronto landscape.
It’s funny how one assignment in one class can bring about so many discoveries! Have you experienced any classes that taught you something new about Toronto?
Thanks for reading!