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130 year old Toronto house makes the big move

A 130 year old Toronto house that's been sitting on massive yellow rails for months has finally been transported to a new home. While the move only constituted about a 100 metres from 76 Howard St. to 28 Howard St., it was a massive undertaking to uproot the bay-and-gable home and haul it down the street.

Weighing some 400 tonnes, the house was painstakingly carted on a special flatbed truck by Laurie McCulloch Building Moving, a company which has previously moved important Toronto structures like the James Cooper Mansion and the Island Airport Terminal.

Built in 1887, William Whitehead House was moved to make way for a massive new development that will bring over 1,000 condo units to St. James Town. The first proposal for the site called for the demolition of the historic home, but a revised application reached a compromise with the City by arranging for it to be moved down the street, where it will be located beside other buildings from the era.

Lead photo by

Keith Armstrong.


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