Toronto – Heritage designation would save Leaside’s oldest home

John Manneh October 10, 2013

3hEY_BessboroughOld1008bw_ContentCity staff are recommending the original section of Leaside’s oldest home be designated as a heritage property.

“The Thomas G. Elgie House (circa 1898) is valued as a rare surviving farmhouse and the oldest residential building in Leaside where in its original location it yields information about the development and evolution of the community to which it remains historically and visually linked,” a report from Heritage Preservation Services said.

While the house at 262 Bessborough Dr. is already listed on the city’s inventory of heritage property, staff recommend the original part of the home be designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

That would give the prominent red-brick farmhouse more protection because city council would be able to “manage alterations to the site, enforce heritage property standards and maintenance, and refuse demolition,” the report said.

Designating the house under provincial legislation “would enable staff to work with the owners to preserve the site’s heritage values and attributes,” it said.

The two-and-a-half storey farmhouse once belonged to Thomas G. Elgie, a farmer and realtor.

North York Community Council will consider the heritage designation on Oct. 17, with city council making its decision on Nov. 13.

The property, southeast of Eglinton and Bayview avenues, is subject to a development application that would see the lot subdivided into three sections.

The original part of the home would be saved on the middle lot and relocated near the front of the property, according to information presented at a public meeting in February.

The north wing, built in 1934 and altered in 1990, and the south wing, built in 1971, would be removed and new homes built on each lot.

The original 19th century farmhouse should be designated as a heritage property to recognize its historical significance, city staff said.

Read the full article here. 

Join The Conversation