22 Elm Grove Avenue

22 Elm Grove Avenue built in 1875.

22 Elm Grove Avenue built in 1875.

An excellent example of the Ontario Gothic Revival Cottage. Built in 1875 by the Toronto Home Building Society for Mr. R.J. King, an employee of the Grand Trunk Railway. The 42’ x 170’ lot is a reminder of country ‘village days’ when large yards were a necessity to allow for a horse and carriage storage. It is thought that these out-buildings could have housed the milk wagons for the dairy business located further north on Elm Grove. Today they have been converted into a large garage. A decorative cast iron fence surrounds the front and across the gated driveway.

This home was built on the ground and had a roughcast or skin of stucco. It was later raised to add a basement and at that time was bricked and a brick porch added. The porch detail is considered historically accurate to the style and period. Barge board is displayed in the gable of the house.

This house, along with a number of houses in the immediate area, were condemned in the 1980’s but during this time was renovated and the interior of the house restored almost to its original Victorian form. Original doors/trim and maple flooring throughout.

Owners, Will and Ruth Davies, bought the home in 1991 and have since replaced all the windows (maintaining the original look of the period) and replacing the porch in the early 2000’s.)

Beautifully preserved and restored houses like this are a great benefit to the community. The colours also tastefully reflect the period.  If it ever goes on the market it will be much sought after too.   TO SEE THE PICTURES, CLICK THE IMAGES BELOW. Press the “i” symbol under the pictures for information.

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