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Modest Hopes: Homes and Stories of Toronto’s Workers from the 1820s to the 1920s

Friday, February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm

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In this lecture based on the book of the same title, Don Loucks will tell the stories of Toronto’s built heritage of row houses, semis, and cottages and the people who lived in them. Too often, workers’ cottages are characterized today as being small, poorly built, and disposable. But in the late 1800s, to have worked and saved enough money to move into one was an incredible achievement. Moving from the crowded conditions of boarding houses, or areas such as Toronto’s Ward, to a self-contained, six-hundred-square-foot cottage was the result of an unimaginably strong hope for the future and a commitment to what lay ahead. For the workers and their families, these houses were far from modest. The architectural details suggested status, value, and pride of place and reminded the workers of the homeland from which they had come. 

This lecture is a live, in-person event in Cameron Hall. You do not need to pre-register to attend – just show up.


Don Loucks is an architect, urban designer, and cultural heritage planner, with forty years of project experience. He is committed to environmental, economic, and cultural sustainability, and to preserving the variety of rich urban forms that contain the stories of our communities’ history. He lives in Toronto. 

This Lecture is co-sponsored by the Toronto Society of Architects.


Friday, February 9
7:00 pm - 11:59 pm


Yorkminster Park Baptist Church


Cameron Hall
1585 Yonge Street