Cabbagetown's history began in the 1840's when thousands of Irish immigrants settled here after fleeing the potato famins in their homeland. These first Cabbagetown residents were very poor. To put food on the table they grew cabbages on their front lawns, which is how this district came to be known as Cabbagetown.
Cabbagetown's working class community was particularly hard hit by the Depression of the 1930's. Cabbagetown historian Hugh Garner, wrote that the Depression turned Cabbagetown into "the worst Anglo Saxon slum in North America". The worst slums were concentrated south of Gerrard Street. These homes were razed in the 1950's and replaced by the Regent Park housing development.
Cabbagetown was revitalized in the 1970's and 1980's by new home buyers, who restored much of this neighbourhoods fine collection of Victorian homes. Cabbagetown is now considered one of Toronto's most gentrified neighbourhoods.
Cabbagetown is one of Toronto's most popular neighbourhoods. Its residents come from a wide variety of backgrounds, however they all share a strong sense of community spirit and pride in their neighbourhood.
This community spirit is put on display every September during the Cabbagetown Fall Festival that runs for an entire weekend and features a mini marathon, historical walking tours, a parade and a community wide yard sale.
The Cabbagetown neighbourhood was once described by the New York Times as "containing the largest collection of Victorian homes in North America". Cabbagetown's houses were built between 1860 and 1895.
Most of these houses have been lovingly restored under the watchful eye of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association. The Association, comprised of local residents, plays a vital role in ensuring that all Cabbagetown renovations and new developments are in keeping with this historical neighbourhood.
(P) Lord Dufferin Jr. & Sr., 303 Berkeley Street, (416) 393-1760
(P) Sprucecourt Jr., 70 Spruce Street, (416) 393-1522
(P) Winchester Jr. & Sr., 15 Prospect Street, (416) 393-1270
(PH) Rosedale Heights Secondary School, 711 Bloor Street East, (416) 393-1580
(PH) Jarvis Collegiate Institute, 495 Jarvis Street, (416) 393-0140
(CA) St. Martin Annex, 55 Salisbury Avenue, (416) 393-5222
(CA) Our Lady of Lourdes, 444 Sherbourne Street, (416) 393-5221