The park that currently sits to the south of the Art Gallery of Ontario was once the front lawn of The Grange, the original home of the AGO. The Grange Park was part of a 100 acre lot running between Beverley and McCaul Streets, and from Queen Street (then Lot Street) all the way up to Bloor Street. The British government colonized the land as their own, and then sold it in the early 1800s to D’Arcy Boulton Jr. for 350 British pounds.
Boulton built his family home on this site, and his estate also featured flower and vegetable gardens, an orchard, stables, and servants’ cottages. The Grange became a hub of British aristocratic social life in Toronto, with this park being home to many community picnics and garden parties hosted by the Boultons throughout the 1800s. Today, The Grange Park is at the heart of a vibrant neighbourhood featuring many residential homes, the AGO, the Ontario College of Art and Design, and is within the Kensington-Chinatown city district.
More information on The Grange can be found here.