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Garrison Common Cottages

Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 5.06.30 PMTop map from 1858, below 1924.

16 cottages in total.

Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 4.33.39 PMWhen Toronto was first settled all of the land south of Queen Street (Lot Street) between Roncesvalles and Peter Street was set aside for the Military.

Along Richmond West (formerly Little Richmond) and Mitchell Street (formerly Garrison Street) are several surviving “Garrison Houses”. These semi’s would have been built for

Fort York Officers to live off base with their families. Garrison Creek can be seen to the left on the map.

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A selection of the survivors below. The first being the best preserved of the bunch. I thought I had a photo of a plaque on this one but can’t seem to find it….

I went back today and the plaque reads: Garrison Commons Cottage 1858.

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This one’s had a section chopped off the left to make room for a driveway.

Of the 16 original cottages 7 remain.

Below, another wood frame house on Huron Street (now demolished) shares a similar design.

Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 4.53.19 PMAnd finally, this odd little house on Grange Street which is out of place amongst a street of Victorian row houses and also sits on a little knoll.

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This map from 1858 shows the tidy military arrangement of these houses on Richmond and Garrison.

16 semis in total.

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This example on Adelaide (since demolished) was in need of some repair in the late 1930’s.

s0372_ss0033_it0032 s0372_ss0033_it0205712 is now an empty lot but directly behind it on Mitchell street can be seen it’s symetrical twin.

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  1. Pingback: Learn About the Garrison Common Cottages that still Stand South of Queen St. W | Trinity Bellwoods Community Association

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