“BABY POINT: THE PLACE WHERE WE LIVE” by PAMELA SLAUGHTER and ROBERT GALWAY
The area in which Robert Home Smith built the Old Mill Toronto is rooted in important Canadian history.
As a land developer, Home Smith admired the concepts of the English Residential Garden movement. His vision was to build “a bit of England far from England” (Angliae pars Anglia procul). His vision for the development of the land, published in 1911 in a pamphlet entitled The Humber Valley Surveys, included five enclaves: Baby Point, the Kingsway, Riverside and Brûlé Gardens, and Old Millside – neighbourhoods that would reflect this vision.
This book describes one of these Home Smith neighbourhoods, named as “the most unaffectedly gracious and artistically planned subdivision in Toronto” by The Globe and Mail`s architecture columnist, John Bentley Mays – Baby Point. Nestled above the Humber, and overlooking the Old Mill, Baby Point is where Home Smith began his work.
Baby Point: The Place Where We Live is a comprehensive, 178 page collection of the historical and architectural record of this unique neighbourhood, lavishly illustrated with archival material and maps, as well as contemporary photos of some of the built architecture of the neighbourhood. It traces the history of Baby Point from the early days of the First Nations, the Carrying Place Pathway, French explorers, Jesuit missionaries, the fur-trading forts and Seneca village of Teieiagon, through the acquisition of the land, first by the Baby family and subsequently by Robert Home Smith.
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