THE SELBY HOTEL – “WE CERTAINLY DON’T WANT THE THING FALLING DOWN WHILE WE’RE MOVING IT”

SELBY1 An 1884 Victorian home on Sherbourne Street at Selby is about to be moved closer to the sidewalk and then back again. Laurie McCulloch Building Movers of suburban Whitby are on the job. They’ve done this procedure at least a half-dozen times already in TORONTO – with great success.

SELBY4SELBY2Once home to wealthy distillery magnate Henry Gooderham and family, the house later became a girl’s school, then a hotel from 1912 until 2014. Writer Ernest Hemingway called it home in the 1920’s when he worked for the Toronto Star. The building received full heritage designation in 1989.

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MOD Developments founder Gary Switzer: “We have to move it once to build an underground parking garage and then move it back again to its final resting place. We see this as an opportunity for true city-building that incorporates the past with the present.”

The “present” will be a 50-storey tower developed by MOD and Tricon Capital. The Selby will be incorporated at its base and will house amenities for residents and some retail space.

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