Crescent Town

Coordinates: 43°41′45″N 79°17′35″W / 43.69583°N 79.29306°W / 43.69583; -79.29306
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Crescent Town
Crescent Town's buildings
Crescent Town's buildings
Position of Crescent Town
Position of Crescent Town
Coordinates: 43°41′45″N 79°17′35″W / 43.69583°N 79.29306°W / 43.69583; -79.29306
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CommunityToronto & East York
Changed Municipality1998 Toronto from East York
 • MPNathaniel Erskine-Smith (Beaches-East York)
 • MPPMary-Margaret McMahon (Beaches-East York)
 • CouncillorBrad Bradford (Ward 19) Beaches-East York)

Crescent Town is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the former borough of East York. It is located near Victoria Park Avenue and Danforth Avenue. It mainly consists of high-rise apartment complexes, built originally to take advantage of the opening of the adjacent Victoria Park subway station, which connects to the central quadrangle via a partially covered walkway.


In the late 19th century, Walter Massey (1864–1901), a younger son of Hart Massey, Canada's first major industrialist, and uncle to actor Raymond Massey, purchased a 240-acre (97 ha) country property centered on Dawes Road and Victoria Park Avenue. He established a model farm and named it "Dentonia Park" after his wife, Susan, whose maiden name was Denton.

The Massey farm sold fresh eggs and poultry as well as fresh trout, which was caught in the many streams and rivulets that criss-crossed the farm. The Massey farm was also the home of the City Dairy Company Limited, which produced the first pasteurized milk in Canada.

In 1933, Susan Massey donated her mansion and 40 acres (16 ha) of the Dentonia farm land to Crescent School, where her grandsons were educated.[1][2] Crescent School operated at the Dentonia site until 1969, when this property was sold to the developers who built the present-day Crescent Town neighbourhood.

Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland of the television series 24 was a Crescent Town resident. He spent part of his childhood in Crescent Town and attended the Crescent Town Elementary School, where he first met the former Mayor of Toronto, David Miller.[3]

Current status[edit]

Crescent Town is considered by some as an interesting experiment in community planning in that all of its pedestrian walkways are located above the street level. It is a multicultural neighbourhood, whose population includes extensive numbers of Bangladeshi, Indian, Jamaican, Pakistani and Tamil Canadians. There are many Bangladeshi-owned businesses near the neighbourhood (Victoria Park-Danforth).

Some of the buildings are condominiums (Massey Square), while others are rental apartments (Crescent Place). Toronto council classified Oakridge under Taylor-Massey as a neighborhood improvement area in 2014.[4]


  1. ^ "Dentonia Park, later Crescent School". Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "Crescent School history". Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  3. ^ "Crescent Town".
  4. ^ "311 Knowledge Base".

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