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Walnut Hall on Shuter Street, Going, Going, Gone

s0372_ss0052_it1719The north side of Shuter just east of Jarvis in 1934. From Wikipedia:

John O’Donohoe, a local politician, auctioneer and land speculator, purchased a lot on Shuter Street in Toronto in 1853. A four-unit terrace, known as O’Donohoe Row, was designed by architect John Tully and completed on the lot in 1856. At three and half storeys, the building featured buff brick with decorative brickwork and stone detailing, a symmetrical façade, a gabled roof and dormer windows.[2]

At the time, Shuter Street was located in a prestigious residential neighbourhood. Given its location and the quality of its construction, O’Donohoe Row was intended to cater to the affluent middle class, and was representative of the Georgian-style brick row houses which flourished in Toronto in the 1850s.[2]

The character of the neighbourhood changed, and the building was renamed Walnut Hall Apartment House in 1903.[2] In 1949, the interior was converted to a rooming house, and a number of changes were made to the exterior, including the conversion of the southeast corner to a storefront.[1]

 Although the building was granted historical status it was allowed to rot and eventually the elements took their toll.

The building stated to collapse and was deemed a safety hazard and demolished.

For more on the story please click here.

Screen Shot 2013-02-24 at 4.32.36 PMNow a vacant lot.

ser71_s0071_it7327Walnut Hall can be seen here on the left, 1929.


Sometime in the 1970’s.


2 responses

  1. Kevin

    The second photo of Walnut Hall in this post belongs to me and is being used without my permission or attribution. Please contact me to resolve this issue.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    • I”m sorry for that and will remove.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm

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