My old house in Parkdale was in need of a serious face lift. Despite having spent considerable time and money 18 years ago, the porch and facade had deteriorated to the point of embarrassment.
The decorative medallions had rotted and given the squirrels and birds a chance to get in..
It was a wildlife condo with no maintenance fees.
The first step was the porch and columns which had also rotted.
My friend Dan, a carpenter came over to help. We jacked up one side and pulled the column. My original intention was to replace the wooden bases and clean/patch the columns. However, once removed I found the base was infested with carpenter ants and the column itself in need of considerable work.
I called Roman Columns in Mimico and he had brand new fibreglass replacements in stock for $275.00 each!
Dan and I replaced both of them in about 3 hours (I painted them the night before).
Next we stripped the deck off the porch and made any repairs to the base.
Next up was the medallions and trim up top.
A different Dan came over and we set up the scaffold.
I removed the rotted inserts and years of debris that the animals had left behind including a mummified squirrel…
I originally thought we could cut new pieces by hand out of marine grade plywood but it was obvious that this was beyond both of our capabilities.
A quick call to John K. (a film carpenter with a CNC machine) solved this problem.
He came to the house, picked up the plywood and returned the next day with new panels,
designed by John, cut by the computer.
These were primed/painted and installed the next day.
A heavy duty wire screen (painted black) was attached to the back of each piece. I had previously used a lighter gauge screen door mesh which wasn’t as strong.
ALWAYS use a harness when working on a scaffold!
And there you have it, as good as new.
There’s still painting details to finish up.
Below is what the house looked like in 1998.
P.S. A mixture of Borax, sugar, honey and boiling water has proved a good deterrent to the ants.
P.P.S. I buried the mummified squirrel.
The Parkdale Theatre on Queen Street West was built by the Allans and opened April 5, 1920 and was very successful thanks to it’s proximity to Sunnyside Amusement park. It finally closed in 1970. A substantial venue with over 1500 seats.
For a short time the box office was used as a Beer Store and more recently the entire space has been divided into several antique stores.
In the 1937 photo the film playing is “Kid Galahad”.
In the 1947 photo the film is “Humoresque”.
A 1958 Buick Limited Roadmaster spotted on Wellington near Niagara this morning.
A lot of time and money has been spent on this one and it shows.
Original price on this one was $5,125 when new or $44,000.00 in today’s money
One recently sold for $129,000.00 US.
I think the “pod” on the driver’s side dash is an automatic headlight dimmer.
This sign for Freddi’s Clothes for Men can still be seen in the alley off of Lansdowne.
Not sure how long Freddie’s was in business but I bought some vests there in the 90’s…
“Just Around the “C”.
Save the date!
It’s comforting to know that some things don’t change.
The sharpening truck still makes its way through the streets of Parkdale with his tell-tale ringing bell.
He sharpened the blade on my lawn mower today.
I believe the Revue is the oldest single screen movie theatre (in Toronto) still in operation.
Back in the early 80’s I was a driver/deliveryman for Shinerizing Fur Cleaning and Storage.
The plant was up an alley off of King seen in the photo below.
This is a question on many people’s minds these days.
St. Patrick street just north of Queen. Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s the upstairs space was a rehearsal studio run by John MacLeod formerly of Johnny and G-Rays
The video below features John and shows the building above.
The rehearsal space was later used by FM during the day and at night my band, Eyelevel would go in to rehearse as the night rates were cheaper.
Eyelevel circa 1981 taken outside the rehearsal studio.
Here are two on Queen West.
The same building in the 1950’s when it was the Parkdale Boxing Club.
And the theatre (demolished) beside it.
Mark Moore supplied this one.
By a strange coincidence Max M. has also photographed this same alley recently.
The entire city has gone mad for Snickelways!!!
This one’s located on King West at Bathurst.
I’m not joking…..
Queen West circa 1958. Looking east towards Bathurst.
An attractive Vitrolite facade on this forgotten restaurant situated on the S/E corner of College and Bathurst. Currently the home of Sneaky Dees . Thanks to M. Ross for the info in locating this one.
Below, the building can be seen in 1951 or so with the second floor addition.
And finally, an earlier location of the Daisey Tea Room across the street on the north side circa 1930.
A closer look at this photo reveals this cover from the Saturday Evening Post.
Painted by the great J.C. Leyendecke.