Laneways adorned with intriguing old one and two-story garages are relatively common in older parts of Toronto . These  structures tell stories of a bygone era when these lanes were bustling workshops, storage places and  and car parking buildings. You can easily be transported back in time, marveling at the rich history and craftsmanship that still resonates today from these buildings.

Laneways, and alleys, are an essential part of Toronto’s urban fabric. Historically, they served as vital passageways for services such as waste removal, deliveries, and access to properties. While some laneways are now overshadowed by modern development, a few have managed to retain their unique character, particularly with the presence of old garages that once played an essential role in the city’s growth.

  1. Unearthing the Garage-Workshops

In the early 20th century, many laneway garages in Toronto were utilized as multi-purpose spaces. These buildings were not only meant for car storage but also served as workshops for artisans and small businesses. From carpenters and blacksmiths to tinsmiths and tailors, these garage-workshops were the heartbeat of local communities, providing essential services to residents and fostering a sense of camaraderie among neighbors.




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