Thursday Doors – April 28, 2016

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Grange Park – Toronto

Because of the development boom that started in the 1970’s in downtown Toronto, one hundred and fifty year-old buildings are rare. What’s even more rare in downtown Toronto is one hundred and fifty year-old homes.

Around the corner from the Art Gallery of Ontario on Dundas Street is a unique neighborhood called Grange Park where a few of these old homes still survive to this day.


The area contains an interesting mix of mansions and two-story row houses with detailed architectural features


Some of which are very well preserved


While a few are in need of some serious TLC



My first reaction when surveying the area was how much it reminded my of Elfreths Alley in Philadelphia


Particularly because of the old brick and the wonderful hidden nooks and crannies in some of these buildings


The area is only a few blocks wide. Many of the historical homes fell victim to the developers’ wrecking ball in the 80’s in order to make way for new apartment buildings. However some of the ones that remain, particularly on Beverley St. are wonderful examples of area’s 19th century residential architecture – very much worth checking out.


Since these are all private residences I didn’t get to go into any of them, but just from the look of the exteriors I was able to imagine wonderful high ceilings and lovely hard wood floors. Or perhaps that’s just me and my vivid imagination 🙂


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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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58 Responses to Thursday Doors – April 28, 2016

  1. I took lots of door photos for you while I was in Paris that I look forward to sharing with you soon.

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  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Norm, nice doors! I was in Toronto few weeks ago, many places to take photos, but lots of people too, what time did you take your photos? No one around?

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  3. I’m definitely gonna go on a door hunt today ready for next Thursday!

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  4. Helen Bushe says:

    Hi Norm. I had a problem uploading files today and am too late to add link. Oh dear! I guess Eastern time isn’t as much later than UK as I thought/hoped . my post can be seen at

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  5. Some wonderful architecture there Norm – love the smart black doors but rather like that cute one with the purple pillars! 🙂

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  6. lifelessons says:

    I love the green door. Amazing the variety in everything in this world…including doors!

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  7. Another great selection of doors. My favorites are 44 and 46, and that blue gray one near the end. That one is lovely.

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  8. Helen Bushe says:

    These doors backed up by wonderful architecture.

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  9. jesh stg says:

    Most of them in a neo-Renaissance style – interesting features on each! The red brick reminds me so much of my country of origin – Holland – which was commonly used for private residences. As always, a great collection, Norm!

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  10. Helen Jones says:

    Fab places, Norm – a nice part of Toronto 🙂

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  11. reocochran says:

    Grange Park homes look well cared for and very pretty, Norm! The first one is framed beautifully with the red and cream bricks, #44 and 46. Have a wonderful rest of the week! 🙂

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  12. marianallen says:

    Who in God’s name thought lilac was a good idea? Yeah, #52 is my favorite, for sure, with that curvy porch roof and the little steps down at the side. So odd and intriguing! These shots remind me of the Old Louisville neighborhood. Beautiful!

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  13. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    I love the one with the bright lavender columns.

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  14. jan says:

    I got a kick out the door with the lilac archway – someone wanted to show their love of purple!

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  15. Very nice doors, I like that architecture. From me some more modern ones, and sustainable!

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  16. Beautiful doors and entrances, Norm. 🙂

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  17. facetfully says:

    Nice! We were at the gallery, but the weather didn’t encourage a lot of exploring. The overgrowth of apartment complexes was vry evident and a bit sad to me.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I know what you mean, that’s why this felt like such an amazing discovery. It’s only one block long by three blocks wide. If we had turned down a different street we’d have missed it completely.

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  18. Leah says:

    What a great collection. I would love to go on an architectural tour in that neighbourhood. The stories those buildings could tell!

    Please, someone run over to #32 and cover that horrible pinky/lilac trim!! Oops, my ‘judegmental’ is showing.

    They make me think of homes in the UK and the brownstones of Boston. So much character.

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  19. joey says:

    My vivid imagination matches yours. I can easily imagine the details on the inside are just as lovely as the exterior!
    I love the top double doors — Oh what a statement! That brick detail, ooh! I might fancy the wear and tear on the green one as well, but I’m partial to florals, and that stained glass is ever so dreamy. They’re all fabulous and I love the angle you capture with the stairs.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joey. I’d just love to get a tour inside of one of these places just to see the layout/floor plan, and also because I’m kinda nosy that way!
      Yes that first set of doors is one of my faves too 🙂

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  20. joannesisco says:

    I would be hard-pressed to pick a favourite although the twin doors in the first photo are gorgeous.
    These little neighbourhoods are such jewels – perhaps made more so by the fact they are getting increasingly rare. I too can imagine the high ceilings inside!

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  21. What an amazing group of doors with each one as interesting as the previous one. Love the unique glass transom windows with the house numbers. It sure seems like a stop a native or tourist would want to make if in that area. 🙂

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  22. My favorite is the grey one, second from the last. Although I haven’t seen the alley in Philly, there are a number of small streets that are very similar and lots of wonderful row houses and doors like these.


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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank Janet. What I find amazing is that even though they were all built in-line at the same time, over the years each one through the help of different owners, has developed its own look and character.


  23. Dan Antion says:

    These are wonderful doors, Norm. I love the details in these buildings, the lines in the brick, the curves, and those arched entrance ways. I was pretty sure the white and yellow entrance was going to be my favorite, until I scrolled down to the gray one. I like them both, but I’ll go with gray. Good job!

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  24. tgeriatrix says:

    Wonderful series! The second last is my favorite.

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  25. I liked the last door (Door 52) and the second to last which is an up close and personal photo of the little side shoot. I wonder how much snow fills up those steps in winter? Living down there would be a challenge!

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  26. pommepal says:

    They certainly built them to last and such beautiful architecture. I can picture the high ceilings too Norm. Over here on the Gold Coast a house is considered old when it gets over 20 years. Perfectly good houses are knocked down to put bigger ones up. I’m visiting a more historic village in New Zealand this week.

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  27. That redbrick (no. 52) is my favourite with its unusual porch. Great collection, Norm.

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