During a pre-construction archaeological dig near present-day St. Lawrence Market has unearthed a market that dates back almost two centuries ago. The first building on this site was constructed in 1831, and from this building they have discovered foundation piers, an arched flagstone sewer and the original ground surface preserved within that building's interior courtyard.
This building was both a market and the town hall at that time. It was destroyed by fire in 1849 and then rebuilt in 1851.
The current site of the St. Lawrence Market, located in a vibrant, central community in downtown Toronto, is being redeveloped to house the farmers' and antique market as well as Toronto court rooms, office space and parking.