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129-year old house on Balliol St. is threatened!

The rare “Ontario Cottage” style house at 505 Balliol St. was built about 1888. It appears on an 1890 map of the Davisville area. This house served as a neighbourhood grocery store and post office until the 1950s.

Local children would frequent the store for candy and Popsicles. A Coca-Cola sign remained in the front bay window until the 1970s.

Despite being one of the oldest existing houses in the Davisville area, it is under threat from an application for two large infill houses. The new proposal was on the Committee of Adjustment hearing list on October 25, 2017. A deferral of six months was requested by Heritage Preservation Services with support from Councillor Josh Matlow and SERRA. Because of strong opposition, the applicant/owner asked for a deferral and the Committee approved the deferral. This will allow Heritage staff six months to research the heritage potential of the existing house. It’s good to see city staff working to save our local history. Click here to read more in a news article (Feb 1, 2018) by Michael Smee, CBC News.

 

Public Forum -THE FUTURE OF TORONTO’S PAST: STATE OF HERITAGE

Many thanks to the Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations FoNTRA for providing this information about this Toronto Heritage event: Heritage Toronto wants to amplify your voice to the incoming City Council. How can heritage be prioritized within an ever-growing city? Which stories from our past need to be shared? How can the city better preserve the things we care about, whether they’re cultural spaces or physical structures? The creation of a Toronto Museum has been … Read morePublic Forum -THE FUTURE OF TORONTO’S PAST: STATE OF HERITAGE

Heritage Fun Facts – Where is Joseph Avenue?

The western part of Millwood Road was originally named Joseph Avenue after Joseph Davis as seen on the Goad map from 1913. The name of this portion of the street was changed to Millwood Road with the amalgamation of the Village of North Toronto with the City of Toronto.

In 1979, Janet Magee Manor was named in honour of Mrs. Janet M. Magee

Heritage  – Did You Know …   Erected in 1979, Janet Magee Manor was named in honour of Mrs. Janet Magee, a dedicated community worker in North Toronto, who was born in Lombardy, Perth County, Ont. Read more at: http://www.torontoplaques.com/Pages/Janet_M_Magee.html      Janet M. Magee Historical Plaque – torontoplaques.com www.torontoplaques.com

Second Annual Davisville Village Jane’s Walk (May 5, 2018)

Amy Isaac, Sharon Mourer organized a very successful Davisville Village Jane’s Walk which took place on Saturday May 5, 2018. Two large groups of residents strolled through the neighbourhood and discovered some well hidden historical homes and sites in Davisville Village East.. Thanks to our Jane’s Walk leaders, community volunteers and everyone who came out to learn about our neighbourhood. In  case you missed the walk, we will be doing a repeat in conjunction with … Read moreSecond Annual Davisville Village Jane’s Walk (May 5, 2018)