St. Patrick Square. Toronto, ON, Canada, 2013

This turned out to be real psychogeographical experience. I was doing an illustration for Toronto Life magazine and task was to make a photo of the building needed [top photo right]. Right besides there was a passage and visible in the distance on the wall was a message "luminous beings are we". Well that was good enough reason to go and inspect it more closely. Once there vistas opened up and there it was, St. Patrick Square. History of this space is even more interesting. The following is an excerpt from the April 4, 1913 edition of the Toronto World: The strongest gale that struck the city’s plans was directed against the request that the city should be allowed to use the site of St. Patrick’s market for civic purposes other than as a civic market, in spite of the fact that when the property was bequeathed to the city by D’Arcy Boulton in 1837 it was expressly provided that it was to be used forever as a public market and that if the city ceased to use it for this purpose, the property should revert to the heirs of the Boulton estate.
Original building from 1837 is gone today [check the photo bellow] but the structure that is here now still has a inscription "Market" above the main entrance. Square is behind the market building and it was open air market in the past. Surprisingly pleasant underused space except by the local homeless using it as day resting and socializing space.

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sociability
9
ceremonial
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uses & activities
8
religious
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access & linkages
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social
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comfort
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residential
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image
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court yard
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tourist value
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with park
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total
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street, shopping
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