Toronto’s architectural gems- an 1870s house with a Moorish-style porch

The house at 445 Adelaide Street attracted my attention for two reasons. The first reason is its attractive porch, with an enclosed area above, which has Moorish influences. The only other house I have discovered in the city that has Moorish designs on the east side of Church Street. The other reason is that it is located in an area where heritage homes are being demolished to construct high-rise condominiums. I sincerely hope that this house survives, as its architecture is a rarity in Toronto. 


The house at 445 Adelaide Street West, a block west of Brant Street, opposite St. Andrew’s Park

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The porch and the room above the porch, with hints of Moorish design


This house was built in 1877 as a home for Isaac Hanna, a paper stainer. In 1878, John Potter, a moulder moved into the premises. The house was constructed of attractive yellow and red bricks, in designs that were popular in the 1870s. The yellow-brick trim above the windows is particularly appealing. The gable in the roof has interesting barge board trim, painted blue-grey. The bay window on the first floor allowed plenteous light to enter the parlour, in an decade that did not possess the convenience of electricity.

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The St. Lawrence Hall on King Street

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