I am thrilled to announce that Scarborough Southwest’s latest mural project has begun. I have secured funding through the City’s underpass revitalization program to be dedicated to the underpass on St. Clair Avenue West, just east of Warden Avenue, and this summer you can expect to see colour enhancing these dreary walls.
With the help of local historians, Barbara Dickson, Rick Schofield and John Everest, the artist is creating a visual representation of the area’s unique history. Did you know that this neighbourhood is called the Scarborough Junction? The area developed after a second rail line was built in the late 1800s with a commercial hub of a few hotels and Everest & Sons’ General store (originally Bell’s) and a residential area to follow. For more information visit the Scarborough Historical Society’s website here.
(Left to right) Rick Schofield, Michelle, Karin Eaton (Executive/Artistic Director of Mural Routes), Barbara Dickson, Mrs. and Mr. John Everest
Everest Delivery Trucks (courtesy of John Everest) As Barbara Dickson reported in my March e-newsletter, this area was also near the GECO munitions factory, and during the second World War thousands of workers, predominantly women, worked in buildings connected by tunnels encompassing 346 acres of land. For more information on this fascinating history of the “girls behind the guns,” please visit Barbara’s website here.
GECO workers at tables filling fuses (courtesy of Ontario Archives) Local arts organization Mural Routes will be overseeing the project. Stay tuned for announcements for the official unveiling this fall!