This former funeral home carriage house in Toronto is on the market for $4.2 million
A historic Toronto house now on the market was once a coach house for carriages and horses.
The home, listed as a heritage property, was designed by Toronto architect J. M. Cowan and completed in 1910 as the coach house for the widow Rosina Rosar's funeral home at 180 Sherbourne Street, according to City of Toronto heritage documents.
The house is a good example of Renaissance Revival architecture, with some classical elements.
Many traces of the home's history remain, including signs that the horses lived in a stable on the second floor, likely so the carriages could fit on the ground floor, according to Alyssa Mincer, sales representative for Slavens & Associates Real Estate Inc. Brokerage.
"There are still four rings in the walls of the second storey to show where the stalls were," Mincer says.
There was a pulley elevator at the north end of the building to raise the horses to their stalls, she says. The current front Juliette balcony has a large opening where the bales of hay for the horses would have been hoisted in.
Over the years, the building has probably had many commercial uses, Mincer says, and at one time may have been a print shop. In 1992, a photographer bought it to use it as a home for his family, and to have a well-lit photography studio in the front part of the ground floor.
The current owner, Diane Devenyi, bought the building in 2012 and added a third floor with a large terrace to take advantage of a spectacular skyline view of Toronto's financial district, Mincer says.
The building has been used in recent years to host community dances, local neighbourhood dinners, speaking events and fundraising art shows.
The four-bedroom home is more than 4,300 square feet and has two full kitchens and two kitchenettes. The design could allow multiple generations of a family to have separate spaces.
Devenyi says her original plan was to create large spaces for workshops and host people from around the world.
"The past year has opened my eyes to ways I can impact education with online courses," Devenyi says. "It's time for someone else to find their perfect home/work space and love this building as much as I do."
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