Development is at the northern gates of Roncesvalles Village. We are concerned.
Sunnyside Historical Society presentation to the Toronto Preservation Board Jan 26, 2017.
Result: The Board passed the motion. Next Councillor Gord Perks will take it to Toronto City Council where Heritage Designation is expected to pass.
The Sunnyside Historical Society, which advocates for the Parkdale area, including Roncy, supports the heritage designation of this building. Along with the 19th century store across the street, it forms the Northern Gates of Roncesvalles Village. If we can conserve the Heritage appearance of these two buildings it will be easier to preserve the Heritage character of the rest of Roncesvalles down to King Street.
John M. Lyle was one of the most influential Canadian architects of the first half of the 20th century. canadianarchitect.com. The Dominion Bank was built in 1914.
Architectural features include: Classical. Georgian symmetry. Polychrome with white stone squares, perhaps Art Deco influence and locally popular doorway style.
82 Roncesvalles Ave built 1919. Similar doorway style, Georgian symmetry. Door style and cement squares echo 421 Roncesvalles Ave.
The Odeon Theatre at 1588 Queen St W, built 1919. Similar use of architectural detail.
The Northern Gates of Roncesvalles Village and area highlights
Looking south while standing in front of 421Roncesvallesin 1919. There are many Photographs of this beloved intersection.
1963 looking s. from Howard Park. Maxwell sports, Solidar, IGA, Pet store.
421 Roncesvalles (9) 1924 and 2009
Roncesvalles Music and arts neighbourhood. It has the all essential look!
400 Roncesvalles. Built in 1935 the Revue Theatre is the pride of Roncesvalles.
408 Roncesvalles Ave, Margi's Pharmacy photographed in 1963 at the corner of Howard Park
Margi's Pharmacy, said to have been open since 1887 and the oldest business on Roncesvalles. Second Empire styling, perhaps representing rights progress
Looking east on Howard Park Ave about 1910. Houses on the right remain today.
Art Deco Funeral home, lost recently, just a few doors north.
The Peace Garden, 2016, at Roncesvalles and Dundas Roncesvalles. 1913 photo per Greg Chown.
Across from the Funeral home, a new Heritage style building fits despite it’s size. It even replaced a gas station.
Then and Now photo 1959 and 2009 shows that tings can get better.
Gas station about 1960 across Howard Park from 421 Roncesvalles Ave.
A three page letter to the developer of the City's intention to designate, outlining the detailed Heritage values of 421 Roncesvalles Ave. page 1
A three page letter to the developer of the City's intention to designate, outlining the detailed Heritage values of 421 Roncesvalles Ave. page 2
A three page letter to the developer of the City's intention to designate, outlining the detailed Heritage values of 421 Roncesvalles Ave. page 3
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The Toronto Preservation Board will be considering the heritage designation of 421 Roncesvalles Avenue at its next Board meeting.
The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26th at 9:30 a.m., Committee Room #2, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.
421 Roncesvalles Avenue, at the south-east corner of Roncesvalles and Howard Park, was originally constructed as a branch of the Dominion Bank by Toronto’s great architect and urban designer John Lyle in 1914.