First Toronto Post Office

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Fourth York Post Office National Historic Site of Canada
National Historic Site of Canada
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Toronto's First Post Office
Province Ontario
Municipality Toronto
Administrative body Town of York Historical Society
Designated as a NHSC 1980
Year built 1833-4

Toronto's First Post Office (or Fourth York Post Office) is the oldest purpose-built post office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the only surviving example of a post office that functioned as a department of the British Royal Mail.

The building was built between 1833 to 1834, with construction commencing before York became the City of Toronto. Therefore, the post office is known both as the "Fourth York Post Office" (as there had been three prior post offices in the settlement) and the "First Toronto Post Office" (as it was the first post office to serve the newly incorporated city).[1] The building served as a post office until 1839. It was altered last in 1876. Located at 260 Adelaide Street East, the building now houses a museum and a full-service post office, run by the Town of York Historical Society.

The style of the building is late Georgian architecture. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980.[2][3]

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  1. ^ THE STORY OF JAMES SCOTT HOWARD, Town of York Historical Society
  2. ^ Fourth York Post Office, Directory of Designations of National Historic Significance of Canada
  3. ^ Fourth York Post Office, National Register of Historic Places

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Coordinates: 43°39′06.65″N 79°22′14.34″W / 43.6518472°N 79.3706500°W / 43.6518472; -79.3706500