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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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