Weston #2 (Library)
Weston is a vibrant community with a small town feel, rich with history and brimming with civic pride.
Many will recall the planning of the Weston GO Station (and Union Pearson express), whose initial design threatened to sever the community. The lobbying efforts of Weston activists resulted in the tracks being placed in a trench, with a bridge and a playground above.
Bordering the Humber River, with easy access to the bicycle trails along the river, Weston reminds us that they were at one time home to the Canada Cycle and Motor Company (yep, that’s what CCM stands for) which was based in Weston until 1970, and was one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in the world.
The Weston Public Library, featured in this design, was constructed in 1914, and became recognized as a heritage site on April 24, 1978. The design in the Weston Library is enlivened by Art Nouveau mosaic panels over the windows and main entrance, a unique feature among Ontario's Carnegie libraries.
Historically, European settlement began in 1790, with a saw mill. Later in 1815, James Farr, a local mill owner, named the area “Weston”, after his birthplace Weston, Hertfordshire in the UK.
First Nations, dating back over 10,000 years, including the Mississaugas, Seneca, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat, inhabited this area. The Humber River was a natural route travelled by First Nations people between Lake Huron and Lake Ontario, where they would trade.
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