Traces of Weston’s Past

A hint of days gone by

A tantalizing glimpse of Weston’s past is still visible on Weston near Lawrence. Here, an old mural proclaims what appears to be his and hers engagement rings for $125. This apparently was available at Weston’s Peoples Credit Jewellers. Payments were $2.00 weekly after a $12.00 deposit. My neighbour tells me that prior to Yorkdale Mall’s opening in 1964, Weston was a hotbed of commerce with several shoe stores, high-end tailors and department stores (Kresge’s). She remembers the streetcars that once trundled up Weston Road.

I wonder if there is thought to preserving or even restoring this mural, now that Weston seems poised to be on an upswing. It might be worthwhile to find and replicate or restore further examples.

3 thoughts on “Traces of Weston’s Past”

  1. I don’t remember the streetcars but I do remember fondly the trolley buses and Kresages, Loblaws, Bi Way. I do hope there is some good coffee shops and supermarket opening up soon.

  2. In fact, the Weston Village BIA engaged the owners of the building back when the Kresge building came down to reveal this glorious mural. Unfortunately, they refused to allow the BIA to get a mural grant in order to preserve and protect the mural which is in fact called a ‘ghost mural’. They have, however, allowed their tenant, Christine’s Fashions, to drive bolts, nails and hooks into the bricks and mortar which has caused the mural to further deteriorate. If you wish to get this mural the attention it deserves, please let the owners of Christine’s Fashions know that as a community, we are very disappointed that they have vandalized a piece of Weston’s history. Hopefully they will pass along the comments to the owners of the building who also have a business on main street but I cannot reveal.

    It is disgraceful and the history of the mural is part of Weston’s main street. I have a personal family connection to the original owners of that business who commissioned the mural back in the late 1940’s into the early 1950’s, only to have it covered by the Kresge building when it was built. It saddens me every time I walk or drive by it. I took pics as the Kresge building comes down back in October 2002, revealing the mural.

  3. Thanks for the fascinating historical background Suri. I noticed that the mural is often covered up with goods hung on the wall for sale – that’s why I had to photograph it on Family Day when the tenant’s store was closed. The building owner needs to take steps to look after the mural – it will only enhance the property if restored.
    The Kresge’s building probably helped keep it in relatively good shape..

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