The Annex is a neighbourhood in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The traditional boundaries of the area are north to Dupont Street, south to Bloor Street, west to Bathurst Street, and east to Avenue Road. The City of Toronto recognizes a broader neighbourhood definition that includes the adjacent Seaton Village and Yorkville areas.
The Annex is mainly residential, and streets are lined with tall trees dwarfing the large Victorian and Edwardian houses, most of them built between 1880 and the early 1900s. The 1950s and 1960s saw replacing some places with mid-rise (and a handful of a high-rise) apartment buildings in the International style.
Landscaped green spaces surrounded these in an attempt to better fit into the neighborhood. However, due to a government freeze on development in 1975 for buildings higher than 45 feet, most original houses still exist.
The Annex is home to many examples of a uniquely Torontonian style of house popular among the city’s elite in the late nineteenth century. Examples of this style survive in the former upper-class areas and Jarvis and Sherbourne Street and around the University of Toronto campus. Most buildings are found in the Annex, and some thus know the style as the ‘Annex style house.
The Annex is Toronto’s most heterogenous community. Its residents include successful business people, prominent artists, University of Toronto students and faculty, and people from all walks of life.
This is a vibrant neighborhood that draws its energy from the University of Toronto and the bars, restaurants, and nightclubs that crowd together along Bloor Street.