Main Street house built in 1887 added to Toronto’s Heritage Property List

The south side of the house at 292 Main St. is seen in this photo from Dec. 28 of this year. Inset photo shows the view of the north side of the house. Photos by Alan Shackleton.

The City of Toronto has officially included a small two-storey home on Main Street that was built in the late 1800s on its Heritage Property List.

Heritage Designation for the house at 292 Main St., on the west side between Danforth Avenue and the railway tracks, was first sought in October of this year and officially finalized with a bylaw tweak at the Toronto City Council meeting of Dec. 18.

The building’s designation was considered extremely important given that a condominium project is being built beside it, and the home needed to be protected.

During work this fall to tear down buildings on either side of the house, it was surrounded by scaffolding in order to protect it.

For now, the house stands alone and some of its heritage features on the north and south sides are more easily visible.

According the city’s Heritage Designation notice, the single two-storey detached house was built in 1887.

The house is a “rare example of an Ontario Cottage style dwelling in the area…The building’s design incorporates many High Victorian era embellishments,” said the city’s notice.

The house was originally the home of prominent East Toronto resident Donald George Stephenson, a lumber merchant and East Toronto’s first reeve from 1888 to 1894.

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