The pandemic prevents us from gathering this December to celebrate Enoch Turner’s founding of the schoolhouse some 172 years ago. We will truly miss the pleasure of your company and look forward to seeing you again in 2021.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
From the Directors of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is located in an area of Toronto named Corktown, but why is it called that?
Located North of the Gardiner and in between Parliament and Don Lands, Corktown became home to many Irish immigrants fleeing to Toronto during the potato famine in the 1840s. Many of the Irish residents came from a country in the South of Ireland called Cork (now Eire).
Corktown is also home to Little Trinity Anglican Church, which is Toronto’s oldest surviving church building, from 1843.
Did you know that the same architect who designed the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse also contributed to many other notable buildings in Toronto?
Henry Bowyer Lane was an English architect who came to Toronto in 1843 and began to design some of the city’s most recognizable buildings. You don’t have to go too far from the schoolhouse before you encounter St. Lawrence Market and Osgoode Hall.
Next time you are at St. Lawrence Market, don’t forget to visit the Market Gallery. This space was designed by Henry and was home of the first City Hall!