Joy Gas Stations
Joy Gas Stations operated uniquely designed stations in Toronto, Canada, in the 1930s for the Joy Oil Company Limited. The stations are examples of the Château style of architecture, a style that was promoted as a uniquely Canadian architectural form in the 1930s.
Of the 16 stations built in the Greater Toronto Area, only one station survives today, at Lake Shore Boulevard West and Windermere Avenue built in 1937. In April 2007, the City of Toronto moved part of the station from the site to a location across the street. The station was restored and will be repurposed as an eatery and tourist information centre.
The Joy Gas Station at 1947 Bloor Street West was built in 1937 on the north-west corner of High Park. It was demolished in 1986 to make way for a commercial complex by developer Zenon Greszta, a development which sparked opposition by local residents. It had been designated as a historic building, but its protection expired in July 1986.
A station at 910 Lake Shore Boulevard West was demolished in 1977 and replaced with the current Esso station.
A station in Scarborough was demolished in the 1990s.
Other locations included:
- Danforth Avenue at Donlands Avenue
- 429 Roncesvalles Avenue
- 789 St. Clair Avenue West
- 317 Parliament Street
- Queen Street East near Pape Avenue
- 3169 Yonge Street, north of Lawrence Avenue
- Bedford and Davenport
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- City of Toronto Staff Report
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