The Sunnyside Historical Society has agreed on this list of Properties that we recommend for immediate listing and eventual designation. We considered all of Roncesvalles to Dundas and across Dundas to Sorauren plus some nearby areas. Toronto City Council has decided to list all Toronto heritage properties worthy of consideration for designation so potential demolition can be delayed while closer consideration of these selected buildings is made. You may have heard of the demolition of the Bank of Montreal building on Yonge north of Eglinton. It was not listed so the demolition was legal and unstoppable. If you would like to help with this task in the Parkdale general area please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Descriptions precede pictures.
Historical Context. Between 1900 and 1915 Roncesvalles was transformed quickly from a pristine rural area to a stylish village propelled by access to the lake, a new streetcar line along the avenue, proximity to High Park and connections to Toronto’s western gates at Dundas to the north and both Queen and King Streets to the south with train, bus, road, lake and streetcar access! Sunnyside beach was still lined with Jane Jacob's style delightful random developments. Refer to the 1893 Barclay Clark Chromolithograph. At the bottom is Queen while Bloor is at the top. To left of centre Indian road runs among forested areas. To the right of Indian Road is Roncesvalles the first street in entirely cleared land. The next street is Sorauren, running from Queen north to the Rail line.
1 Roncesvalles Ave A former Bank at Queen and Roncesvalles, Goads between 1913 – 1924.
1 Roncesvalles Ave in 1923
1 Roncesvalles Ave in 1924
10 Roncesvalles Ave A former bus terminal, McDonalds and could be restored.
10 Roncesvalles Ave 1936
10 Roncesvalles Ave 1936 also
10 Roncesvalles Ave 1936 x
59 Roncesvalles Ave z There are numerous examples of this building layout on King, Queen and Roncesvalles in Parkdale.
59 Roncesvalles Ave Aristocrat Apts, Goads between 1913 - 1924
82 Roncesvalles Ave. Built between 1910 and 1913, per Goads Maps. It was built earlier than designated 421 Roncesvalles. http://pvhs.info/421-roncesvalles-ave-needs-heritage-designation/ It has design value as being a well crafted example of Edwardian Classical detailing inspired by Beaux Arts principles, similar to 421 Roncesvalles. Association: a leading example of the prevailing Edwardian architectural form typical of the neighbourhood. Context: 82 Roncesvalles maintains the character of the street from 421 at the northern gates of the village to the two bank buildings at 1 Roncesvalles. Situated at the border of the High Park, Sunnyside residential areas, it represents the highest style of apartment buildings which prevail in this neighbourhood. It was also close to the recently completed Sunnyside Amusement Park. 82 joins a large number of well crafted apartment houses and residences on the west side of Roncesvalles and the west end of King Street that provided more affordable housing close to the lake. It was close to The Brighton, Revue, Parkdale and The Odeon theatres.
82 Roncesvalles Ave. Character. The west side of Roncesvalles is characterized by stylish and interesting apartment buildings like 82 mixing comfortably with large houses.
82 Roncesvalles Ave Heritage Attributes. Set back from the standard sidewalk. Robust detailed red brick and stone cladding, Georgian symmetry with a central doorway, reflecting the structure of the UEL farmhouse but adding elegant Beaux Arts features. The elaborate detail of the doorway with simplified modernization of other details set a trend. This is an early example of white stones at the corners of windows. The Brick dentil work around the windows is outstanding, as are pilasters at the corners, created by raised red brick. All aspects of the central stair enclosure speak of high style and Georgian simplicity, including the central chimneys. The north and south elevations echo the style of the east front of the building. outshines the very special houses around it and deserved to be preserved.
82 Roncesvalles Ave x The building to right about 1913 goads
82 Roncesvalles Ave y Track repair 1919. Looking south from Pearson.
118 Roncesvalles Ave, Leicester Apts b
118 Roncesvalles Ave, Leicester Apts a
127 Roncesvalles Ave former Brighton Theatre
127 Roncesvalles Ave Taylor On History https://tayloronhistory.com/2014/03/06/torontos-old-movie-theatresthe-brighton/
240 Roncesvalles Ave, High Park United Church
246 Roncesvalles Ave, The High Park Gates Acknowledge High Park to the west.
265 Roncesvalles Ave St. Vincent de Paul Church and rectory.
265 Roncesvalles Ave west elevation.
265 Roncesvalles Ave St Vincent de Paul as built between 1915 and 1924, J.M.Cowan
408 Roncesvalles Ave, Margis Pharmacy with chamfered corner, Second Empire styling and Porticos. It appears early in the 1910 Goads map. Local legend holds it to be the oldest continuing business on the street. It is architecturally consistent with older buildings.
Other Streets near the Roncesvalles Dundas Study area contain surprising heritage treasures.
2 Silver Ave appears in 1924 goads.
10 Morrow Ave appears in 1924 goads.
15 - 25 Morrow Ave parts appear in 1924 goads.
30 Morrow Ave appears in 1924 goads.
120 Galley Ave circa 1894 oldest surviving building on Roncesvalles per Goads maps.
120 Galley Ave d
150 Fermanagh Ave. It was built about 1905 by as a commercial building to house the York County Loan and Savings Bank after its aggressive late payment penalties were made illegal. Taken over by Home Smith Dominion Bank about 1910. Smith converted the building to residential, as can be seen in the brick renovation marks. Home Smith brought in the street car to make the area boom after he invested in local real estate. That is how Roncesvalles sprang into existence so quickly. The Dominion Bank built a beautiful branch at 421 Roncesvalles. This building is at the core of Roncesvalles heritage.
150 Fermanagh Ave west elevation. A careful examination of the bricks reveals the transformation of this building from commercial to residential about 1910
2061 - 2067 Dundas St. W, Wild Wing building. This was a classic road house on the Dundas Highway on the western edge of Toronto.
We discussed numerous other properties. For example the first block or two south of Howard park is itself a heritage area but we were trying to select individual properties and could not choose. Your comments and suggestions would be appreciated. As always information or stories about buildings are valuable.