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Fire at Quaker Oats Plant, Dec. 11, 1916

There are some fantastic images from the Toronto Archives of the fire and later damages caused to the Quaker Oats Plant, as seen on Dec. 11, 1916 and in January 1917. Here are a few that show the stark remainders.

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Peterborough Horse-drawn Fire Wagon, ca. 1910

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St. John’s Anglican Church, ca. 1920


Quite the shot of the church with it covered in ivy! Learn more about this historic place, built first in the 1830s, and it’s designation here.

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Street Scene, Looking South East toward Little Lake, Peterborough, ca. 1900

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St. Andrew’s Church ca. 1889

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Queen Mary Isolation Hospital @ Langton and Hilliard

Designed by the architect William Blackwell, this hospital was built with the intention of isolating people who had infectious diseases such as typhoid,scarlet fever, and influenza.  So one half of to building was for one set of patients, the other half for a different set, and in total, at least at the very beginning, there were 20 beds.  Constructed in 1911 at the top of a hill beyond the limits of the main part of Peterborough, this place stood near the intersection of Langton and Hilliard Streets until 1950, and was run by the Peterborough Board of Health.  This place was demolished in 1958.  Fairhaven Home Long Term care facility was built on the site in 1960 and is still operating today.

(The photo is courtesy of Trent University Archives)

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The Churches of Peterborough, ca. 1910

iI dug up these amazing shots (mostly post cards, some taken by the the Roy Studio, that have been colourized) from the Toronto Public Library Digital Reference Library, and as you can see the city had (and still has) some very dramatic religious architecture: