Click for full sized image of the Kiever Synagogue

The Kiever Synagogue, which has its roots in the Russian community, was established in 1901. The building was designed in 1926, and in 1979, it was the first Jewish building in Toronto to be designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.



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Bell Canadas central office housing the telephone exchange and home to the Bell Telephone School for operators was built at 91 Oxford Street, on the corner of Bellevue. At that time operators connected calls manually. The Bell operations closed in 1932. In 1954 it became home to Precision Vacuum Products.



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The Anglican sisterhood of St. John the Divine bought Dr. Temples hospital at 87 Bellevue and transformed it into the Church Home for the Aged. For close to 60 years, this home was a familiar part of the Kensington Community. In 1992, 87 Bellevue was sold to Homes First Society.



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St. Christopher House (a settlement House) was opened in a large house at 67 Wales Avenue, then Bellevue Place, across the park from where the Denisons had lived. In those days, settlement houses were established to provide assistance to new immigrants. At the time they supplied food and financial assistance to families, offered English classes, sewing, boys athletics, a choir and day camps. In the early days, settlement house workers lived in the house. In 1973, St. Christopher House moved out of Kensington.


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The United Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.) was established at 355 College. Under the leadership of Marcus Garvey, they provided support and advocacy for African Canadians. The Association was a major social locale for the African Canadian community, with lectures, parties, and classes all under this roof.