The John Irwin House, built in 1872-73 on Grenville Street downtown, has been saved – chimneys and all – and is now tucked into a 50-storey condo building. It will soon be bookended by yet another high rise. Queen Victoria would not be amused.
On St. Thomas Street at Sultan, a red brick Victorian row is being enveloped by a new curvy office building. The row is being painstakingly reassembled and when finished it should be quite fine – although it won’t be quite the same.