Guildwood Village, or ‘The Guild’, is a pastoral neighbourhood located along the Scarborough Bluffs, south of Kingston Road, from Grey Abbey Trail in the east, to the end of Sylvan Avenue – in the West. The entrance to this exclusive community is marked by grand stone gates, ‘The Guildwood Gates’, once salvaged from Toronto’s Stanley Barracks (today’s Fort York).
The Guildwood neighbourhood has a novel history, deeply enriched by the arts-and-crafts movement, The Clark family, the formation of “The Guild of All Arts”, The Guild Inn, and purchase of over 500 acres (and then post-WW2 sale of 400 acres) of personal property…but we don’t want to bore you.
Needless to say, Guildwood is a reflection of its creative roots, as seen in the innovative details specifically planned for an area that combined beauty and function. The neighbourhood motto, “Dulce misceatur utili” literally means, “let us mingle the beautiful with the useful”.
Mature tree-lined streets, buried/hidden cable lines (rather than visibly hanging as a potential ‘eyesore’ on telephone poles), deep lots, cul-de-sacs and winding roads (planned to reduce residential traffic), are all a part of the eye for detail that went into creating this beautiful neighbourhood.
The city of Toronto & Dynamic Hospitality Group plan to re-launch The Guild Inn Estate (formerly ‘The Guild of All Arts’ artist residency and sanctuary) as a restaurant and event space – set to launch this May 2017. Renowned for its beauty, local stomping grounds ‘Guild Park’ is still open to the public and remains a tourist attraction for its stately landscape and strategically scattered, decorative, facades of demolished historic Toronto buildings. Today’s ‘Guildwood Village’ continues to pay tribute to its reputation as a sanctuary, and retreat, offering a family-oriented, tree-lined, residential escape, from the hectic pace of the city’s downtown core.