Riverdale

Chinatown East - Gerrard and Broadview

Riverdale is dominated by several distinct features. First is yet another Chinatown area growing east and south of the intersection of Gerrard and Broadview. Still more Chinese neighborhoods can be found in Agincourt (in northern Scarborough), which is sometimes called "Asian Court".

Chinatown East - Gerrard and DeGrassi

The other dominant feature is the infamous Don Jail. Construction of the jail began in 1859, but the building burned down before final completion in 1865. A new wing was added in 1959 to try to ease overcrowding. The last hangings in Canada (of two convicted murderers) occurred at the Don Jail in December, 1962. Recently, the neighboring Riverdale Hospital announced an agreement to purchase the Don Jail.

Don Jail
The (infamous) Don Jail.

Riverdale was annexed by the city of Toronto on March 25, 1884.

Neighborhood

Castle Frank Prince Edward Viaduct Broadview Danforth & Chester
Necropolis Don Valley Riverdale Gerrard Street East
Eastern & Bayview Don Valley Queen & Broadview Queen & Carlaw