Home History

Home History: 9 Rainsford Road and the Paterson Family

Dec 4th, 2015 | By

(Martha Kavanagh is a Triangle resident and most of what follows is based on an interview with her. Other records were found in ancestry.com) Martha Kavanagh’s paternal grandparents, Joseph and Margaret Robertson Lindsay Paterson (née Stark), came to Canada from Scotland and bought 9 Rainsford Road in 1912. The house was first owned by Roland
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1862 Queen Street East: Sauvignon Has a Past…

Oct 15th, 2015 | By

Stefan Paquet, owner of Sauvignon Bistro at 1862 Queen Street East, told me he had something special – a photo of his premises, when it was Woodbine Market in 1915. This is indeed special – it is the first time in over a decade of researching and writing local histories that I have had an
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Beach Triangle Heritage… Fading

Apr 15th, 2015 | By
1878 and 1880 Queen Street East

Above is a view from the Fire Hall tower dating to 1906. Woodbine Ave. is horizontal in the foreground. Queen St. E. is shown from Woodbine into the distance beyond Kingston Rd. (Photo courtesy Toronto Archives). To the left is the original Woodbine Race Course, first opened in 1874 (renamed Woodbine Racetrack, and then Greenwood
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Home History: 46 Dixon Avenue

Oct 13th, 2014 | By

46 Dixon is a handsomely renovated semi-detached house between Lockwood and Brookmount Avenues, the happy home of Anil Khera and his family. In looking for the history of the home and its first owners at the Toronto Archives, the Goads Atlas reveals that 46 Dixon was among the first 29 homes built on the avenue.
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Home History: 50 Rainsford Road – Tradition to Limbo to Transformation

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

By John Ellis A hard-working immigrant family from Hong Kong, the Chan family consisted of David and Grace, and their sons, Philip and James. They lived at 50 Rainsford Road when my family moved into 52 Rainsford in 1973 and we were neighbours for about 25 years, until David and Grace became elderly and developed
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Home History: 118 Rainsford Road – A Pioneer’s Home

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

By John Ellis (This is an updated version of a story that first appeared in the Winter 2005 edition of the Triangle Topics newsletter). For the grand sum of $5,450 Lillian and Wesley Rowe bought 118 Rainsford Road in 1948 from her brother and his wife, George and Gladys Hanna, although they couldn’t move in
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Home History: 1800 Queen Street East

Apr 15th, 2012 | By

1800 Queen Street East, owned by Edythe Gerrard, is one of the four or five oldest houses in the Triangle. The very useful photo taken from the Fire Hall tower in 1902 shows only the two houses on Queen near Woodbine (still standing), the odd building formerly on the corner of Rainsford Road (demolished to
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Home History: 13 Dixon Avenue – A Difficult Search

Dec 1st, 2011 | By

“This one should take no time at all”, I optimistically thought as I began my search through the Toronto Archives files. I expected the home to have been built in the 1911-1914 period typical of most homes in the Triangle and therefore reviewed every Assessment Role from then until it was found in 1923! I
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Home History: 15 Brookmount Road

Apr 15th, 2011 | By

15 Brookmount, a credit to the streetscape of attractive homes on the street, is owned by Keith and Erika Schengili-Roberts with their children, Vanessa and Annie, who have lived there for over 10 years. In addition to his busy career as a Manager at computer chip manufacturer AMD and as a lecturer at the University
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Home History: 37 Dixon Road

Dec 1st, 2010 | By

Now the proud residence of Clive and Dr. Natasha Kessel for almost ten years, 37 Dixon Road is a gem – another project of the Grimshaw brothers, who built many fine homes in the Triangle. The original building permit, dated June 13, 1913, shows that the original estimated cost to build the house was $2,000
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