Historic mansion in Toronto hits the market at $11 million
A mansion for sale in Toronto comes with a long history linked to the Distillery District and Ontario politics.
The mansion at 504 Jarvis Street is on the market for $11 million, and unlike other similarly priced homes in Toronto, this place is a part of the city's history.
The home is known as G.H. Gooderham House, not to be confused with the Gooderham mansion at 592 Sherbourne, the mansion at 504 Jarvis Street was built for George Horace Gooderham in 1891, whose grandfather was William Gooderham, an original founder of Gooderham and Worts Distillery.
George Gooderham was active in the family business but also was a Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1908 to 1919, representing Toronto South and then Toronto Southwest.
Gooderham's mansion was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by Toronto architect David Roberts Jr.
Gooderham lived in the home at 504 Jarvis until 1906, after which it was used for several different purposes.
It was then home to Leo Frankel, manufacturer and merchant. It was occupied by the Ursuline Sisters' School; the Red Triangle Club; a service men's hostel; and, from 1946 to 1975 by the Big Brothers of Metropolitan Toronto.
In 1975, the City of Toronto designated the structure under the Ontario Heritage Act and, in 1977, the Ontario Heritage Trust secured a heritage easement on the building.
"The brick work on the Gooderham Building is exceptional both in terms of the quality of the red bricks and the minuscule thickness of the modern joints," notes the Heritage Trust.
More recently, the home has been used for an event space and boasts a 150 seat wrap-around patio.
According to the real estate listing, the 8,000-square-foot home can be used as a restaurant, art gallery, office, private school or be converted back to a residence.
As a home, it could have up to 10 bedrooms, and it has seven washrooms.
The place has 11-foot ceilings on the main level, a hand-carved staircase and stained glass windows.
The lot is over 11,00 square feet and there is space for 15 vehicles.
This mansion is one of Toronto's most beautiful buildings. Here's hoping its future owner creates something the public can enjoy and visit.
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