THE TERRA COTTA HOUSE, BUILT IN 1905, IS NOW A LANDMARK & THE NEIGHBOURS WANT IT SAVED

There’s concern in the JUNCTION that The Terracotta House, now under reconstruction, won’t be preserved as-is.

The house was built by construction-yard owner JOHN TURNER. According to Terra Cotta-Artful Deceivers, a book published by the Toronto Region Architectural Conservancy, Turner’s elaborate exterior may have been a way of advertising his business.

The book calls the eccentric design a “misuse”, and as Chris Bateman of blogto puts it “across the front, down the sides, and round the back hundreds of mismatched decorative reliefs make the building look like a displaced Asian temple.”  But he kind of likes it.

The Terra Cotta House, 20 Jerome Street, is near Dundas Street West and Dupont.
PHOTOS – blogto, Toronto Star and https://icelandpenny.com

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