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Name St. George's Square
Details St. george's Square Timeline

1847 Wellington Hotel Built
1850 Wooden sidewalks laid on square
1853 Bond Hardware building erected, burned 1946
1856 Bank of Montreal built
1859 Victoria Hotel built - 2 storeys
1873 St. George's Church removed
1875 Hearn block built at southwest corner, there until 1972
1876 Victoria Block and Federal Bank built
1877 Victoria Hotrel added 3rd storey; Wellington Hotel removed
1878 Post Office/Customs Building built with Mansard Roof
1882 CIBC built, replaced in 1968; 4 Storey Tovell Building built, removed in 1974
1885 Blacksmith fountain put up, removed in 1922; Federal Bank became Traders Bank
1891 Concrete sidewalks built
1894 Street railway goes around fountain
1902 Post office adds third floor
1906 Clock added to Post Office
1907 Seweres installed under streets; Asphalt block paving on Square
1914 Bank of Nova Scotia takes over Metropolitain Bank
1922 Street railway goes directly through Square
1946 Bond Hardware burns but is rebuilt
1954 Large buses used
1961 Bank of Nova Scotia replaces post office building
1963 Bank of Montreal rebuilt; Woolworth store built
1968 CIBC replaces old building
1972 Royal Bank replaces Hearn Block
1975 Royal Trust replaces Tovell Building, until 2000
1982 Quebec St. E. closed for Eaton Centre Mall
1985 Family Water feature sculpture erected

Compiled by Ross W. Irwin, 2006

Associated Records

Image of 1977.118.1 - Postcard

1977.118.1 - Postcard

Postcard. Shows St. George's Square and also shows St. George's church steeple. Postmarked 1906. "Produced by W.G. MacFarlane, Publisher, Toronto; Made in Germany"

Image of 1986.18.196 - Postcard

1986.18.196 - Postcard

Black and white postcard with correspondence and a one-cent postage stamp on back. It is a view of the east side of St. George's Square and Douglas Street, in cartouche surrounded by tinted scenes of Canada. Alex Stewart Pure Drugs can be seen and the spire of St. George's Church. There is a street car and fountain in foreground. front "ST. GEORGE'S SQUARE, GUELPH, CANADA" "CANADA" back "WARWICK BROS & RUTTER, LIMITED, PRINTERS, TORONTO"

Image of 1968.122.6 - Postcard

1968.122.6 - Postcard

Post card. Black and white view of square. Back is unaddressed, Writing on correspondence side of the back. "Guelph speaks for itself"

Image of 1986.18.166 - Postcard

1986.18.166 - Postcard

Tinted, divided-back, postcard with correspondence and a 1-cent Canadian postage stamp on back. It is a view of the Blacksmith Fountain in ST. George's Square, the Post Office and buildings on the east side of upper Wyndham Street, Guelph. There is a white border at bottom of card with inscription. front: "UPPER WYNDHAM STREET, FROM ST. GEORGE'S SQUARE, GUELPH" "WARWICK BROS AND RUTTER, LIMITED, PRINTERS, TORONTO" Date Made Notes: Postmarked.

Image of 1986.18.176 - Postcard

1986.18.176 - Postcard

Divided back, B & W postcard with correspondence from J. H. Stevenson. It is a view of St. George's Square showing part of Tovell Building, Post Office and Bank of Commerce. Flower bed and Blacksmith Fountain in centre of Square. Street Cars and horse-drawn vehicles on road. front: "ST. GEORGE'S SQUARE, GUELPH, CANADA" "CHAS. L. NELLES"

Image of 1997.11.1 - Album, Postcard

1997.11.1 - Album, Postcard

Souvenir postcard booklet of Guelph. The outside cover includes a car on a road. Includes a space for mailing and a stamp. The back of the package has a Union Jack. Sixteen coloured photographs of Guelph scenes which include: View from Cutten Field, View of Lake on Ont. Reformatory Grounds, Grounds at OAC, Main Buildings at Ontario Reformatory, McCrae Birthplace, The Clubhouse - Cutten Fields Golf Course, Upper Wyndham, Macdonald Institute, Lower Wyndham, OAC, Lower Wyndham St. and St. George's Square, Warm Memorial Hall, Road side Beauty near Guelph, Ont. Vet. College and Macdonnell St. These postcards fold out and are printed on both sides. Souvenir of Guelph, Canada

Image of 1997.16.33 - Calendar

1997.16.33 - Calendar

Calendar of historic sites of Guelph b/w photographs. For 1976 on cover photo of the king Edward Hotel. Illustrations: Photographs, B/W Guelph 1976

Image of 1997.16.34 - Calendar

1997.16.34 - Calendar

Guelph historic calendar with old photographs of the historic people and places of Guelph for the year of 1977. Yellow cover.

Image of 1987.40.4 - Postcard

1987.40.4 - Postcard

Divided back tinted picture postcard of Quebec Street looking west from St. George's Square. Bank of Montreal at right foreground, Hearn's Block at left foreground. Man on bike at left and many cars on street, parked and driving. back "VALENTINE & SONS PUBLISHING CO. LTD. TORONTO. PRINTED IN USA" front "QUEBEC STREET, LOOKING WEST, GUELPH , ONTARIO, CANADA"

Image of 1986.18.223 - Postcard

1986.18.223 - Postcard

Black and white, divided back postcard with correspondence on back. It is a view of St. George's Square during Old Home Week parade in 1908. Buildings decorated with flags and bunting people lined on both sides of street. Blacksmith fountain, Post Office and Douglas St. can be seen. There is a one-cent Canada postage stamp on back.

Image of 1997.9.60 - Booklet

1997.9.60 - Booklet

Booklet outlining the district plan for downtown district 4 in March 1978. Rectangular blue paper cover stapled. Pages are white with black printed illustrations, maps and typed lettering. Printed on cover: "Downtown district 4 / proposed district plan for public discussion/ Department of Planning and Development / March 1978." Illustrations: 6 maps No. of pages: 24, plus five introductory pages (i - v).

Image of 1994.12.3 - Booklet

1994.12.3 - Booklet

Booklet, "The Message of ... Guelph Christian Business Men's Committee". Yellow, paper bound booklet with a photo of Guelph downtown(no Blacksmith fountain). Below and above photo is black printed lettering. Inside pages are white with black printed text. On the back cover the photo of Guelph continues and below it is the committee's symbol. The text inside deals with praying and prayers. On the inside of the front cover is a brief article (A Royal Example) and a b/w photograph of Queen Mary, described as the Queen Mother. Illustrations: Photographs, B/W "TO MAKE CHRIST KNOWN AS SAVIOUR AND LORD, THE MESSAGE OF GUELPH CHRISTIAN BUSINESS MEN'S COMMITTEE." No of Pages: 23

Image of 1986.18.222 - Postcard

1986.18.222 - Postcard

Black and white, unused, divided back postcard. It is a view of Old Home Week parade on Wyndham St. looking north from just above Macdonell St. Buildings decorated with flags and bunting people lined on both sides of street. front "HOLIDAY AT GUELPH CANADA" back "THE INTERNATIONAL STATIONERY CO. PICTON, CANADA"

Image of 1997.9.55.2 - Booklet

1997.9.55.2 - Booklet

.1 Booklet for Guelph Transportation Telerider, Dated June 21, 1982 .2 Envelope .1 - Large white paper with black printed lettering and illustrations and maps. Has been folded a number of times to form a brochure. Front has image of a bus with print that reads: "New From... Guelph Transportation Telerider / Starts June 21, 1982. Back has printed map with the ten route numbers located on it. Above the map is a note on "Transferring?" Pages two and three includes instructions about how Telerider works. When one opens up the brochure, there are illustrated maps of the ten routes. .2 Envelope, white paper envelope with red printed lettering and illustration of a phone on the front of t

Image of 1983.73.1 - Map

1983.73.1 - Map

Plan view of the addition to the Bond building on St. George's Square. Stephen Boult, Architect.

2002.120.1 - Book

Blue glossy soft cover book with a picture of a person in a canoe and another fly fishing on the Speed River. The book is "Guelph @175: A Day In Our Life Photos by Residents and Friends" The book contains colour photos taken by Guelph residents as part of a photo competition. The book is divided into themes of Heritage, People, and Environment.

Image of 1997.29.1 - Program

1997.29.1 - Program

Program, "Official Opening of River Run Centre Program, October 4th, 1997." Glossy cover with coloured River Run Centre photograph. Opening ceremony events on inside cover. Inside pages consist of colour photographs, articles, names and advertising. As well, there is a history of theater in the City of Guelph. Edition: 1 Illustrations: Photographs, Colour/Illustrations/Printed "River Run Centre in Guelph" No of Pages: 44

Image of 1986.18.175 - Postcard

1986.18.175 - Postcard

Divided back, unused, tinted postcard. It is a view of St. George's Square showing Tovell Building, Kelso Printing Office, and Post Office. Flower bed and Blacksmith Fountain in centre of Square. Street Cars and horse-drawn vehicles on road. front: "ST. GEORGE'S SQUARE, GUELPH, CANADA" back: "PUBLISHED BY STEDMAN BROS LTD. BRANTFORD CANADA, MADE IN GERMANY"

Image of 1986.18.180 - Postcard

1986.18.180 - Postcard

Divided back, tinted postcard with correspondence on the back and a 1-cent Canada postage stamp. It is a view of the Post Office Building and the Bank of Commerce in addition to the buildings on south east corner of Quebec Street East. Traders Bank at right and C. Anderson & Co. at left. There are people, and horse and buggies on the street. front: "POST OFFICE, GUELPH, CANADA" back: "PUBLISHED BY STEDMAN BROS LTD. BRANTFORD CANADA. MADE IN GERMANY"

Image of 1992.30.1 - Postcard

1992.30.1 - Postcard

A colour postcard of St.George's square in Downtown Guelph at the turn of the century. The image is looking north up Wyndham and Douglas Streets with the Blacksmith Fountain, and two street cars in the foreground and the post office at the centre. Beyond the post office the Victoria block contains the Trader's Bank which has a large sign above its mansard roof. Shops at street level have awnings. The spire of St.Georges church is at the right hand side of the picture.