This red brick structure in a painting by Group of Seven artist LAWREN HARRIS, sold at auction in 2016. The buyer cleverly asked ELLEN SCHEINBERG, historian, heritage consultant (and house detective) to find it – if it was still with us.
TORONTO has neighbourhoods filled with similar homes, but after some research ERA Architects narrowed things down. “They identified this as a Second Empire house and gave me an idea of which neighbourhoods might have this type of home,” said Ms. Scheinberg <PHOTO BELOW>.
City of TORONTO Archivist PATRICK CUMMINS then came on board. “He wasn’t exactly sure where it was, but he knew it was in Yorkville.”
With that clue, and some help from Google Maps, Scheinberg tracked the house down at the corner of McMurrich Street and Roden Place. The search was over.
You’ll find a much more detailed report on SpacingTORONTO’s website – http://spacing.ca/toronto/2017/10/12/search-elusive-lawren-harris-toronto-house/
<Yet another hidden TORONTO tale>