Monday, November 21, 2011

Mimico Orange Hall - 46 Mimico Avenue

Mimico Orange Hall
© Michael Harrison 2011

The cornerstone for the Mimico Orange Hall was laid in a ceremony attended by several hundred people on April 18, 1919.  Grand Master Horatio Clarence Hocken, local Member of Parliament was given the honour of laying the cornerstone.  Dr. Forbes Godfrey, local Member of Provincial Parliament also made remarks.

The building is dedicated to the memory of the men of Sir Edward Carson Loyal Orange Lodge of Mimico who died in World War I.

Mimico Orange Hall - detail
© Michael Harrison 2011

The Hall was put to a number of uses in the community.  The Mimico Baptist Church first held its services here beginning in 1920 until their purpose built church on Hillside Avenue was ready in 1923.

The building is now the Mimico Daycare Centre but remains as a reminder of the Orange Order that was well organized throughout Ontario and Canada in the 19th and early 20th centuries during which it played a major role in the political process.

The building does not appear on the City of Toronto's heritage inventory.

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