There are documents related to the tannery activity from the XII century, and during the XIV century it become a popular activity in the area. However, it wasn’t till the XVIII century when the guild of tanners decided to group all the activity and construct the actual Tanneries Neighborhood.
Nowadays, the tannery industry has become more technical. Because of that, during the XX century, all the activity was moved to the outskirts of Vic and the old ones were abandoned. The good news is that the government declared this neighborhood as a zone of national interest back in 2009. However, because of the recent economic crisis no action has been done to prevent further deterioration.
Morrison Hall is relatively new student residence on 75 St. George Street in Toronto. This unusual iron gate hides the entrance to shipping/receiving area.
The main building is 13 floor tower completed in 2005 (Zeidler Partnership Architects).
A husband and wife Russell and Catherine Morrison (who are both around 90 years old now) donated many millions of dollars to the University of Toronto and this was one of their project. Who knows, where they lived during their days as students…
On this street, there were many changes during the last 30-40 years. There were old fraternity or ‘animal houses’ here. Practically all the 19th century houses are gone now, replaced by modern structures. Most of the properties belongs to the University and as student population grew, the old buildings had to go.