"On a small street just west of Trinity-Bellwoods Park and north of Queen St. was one of Toronto's oldest homes, for years known to the locals as Pine Grove, the house with blood on the floor. (see comments)
Pine Grove was one of the first substantial homes built in Toronto, with a stone foundation, a wide curving drive and pillars on each side of the entrance. It sat on 40 treed hectares of land in what was then the countryside west of the town.
In 1802 James Givins purchased Park Lot 24 from Bouchette — or at least most of it. Givins had a rather better run of things. He was an enlightened and effective administrator of First Nations relations (the Indian Department on the military reservation, notably, housed John Higgins’s forge, offering the service of sharpening fishing spears and iron tomahawks). In 1804, Givins built a house at Halton and Givins. This Pine Grove was designed by William Berczy, a German who cleared 15 miles of Yonge Street and surveyed (and was therefore deeded) Markham (and later for his troubles was expropriated of these 64,000 acres by Peter Russell and the Family Compact). In the war of 1812, the Americans retaliated for Givins’s relations with the First Nations peoples by looting Pine Grove of £388 of goods, including all his family’s clothing. Givins died in 1846 leaving Pine Grove in perpetuity to the spinster daughter Miss Cecilia Givins, who lived there until her death in 1892.
Celebrated in 1884 as the “oldest house in Toronto” but demolished by the Levack family after 1894 and replaced with their magnificent Queen Anne-style mansion: this multiply gabled and turretted Victorian fantasia, now Halton Street’s Maynard Nursing Home, is the sole remaining nineteenth-century upper-class dwelling of the seven once distributed through the West end. #torontohistory #toronto #1812 #history #oldtoronto #ossington #humbertothedon #architecture #toronto_insta #Torontobefore #heritagesite #thankyoutoronto #lovetoronto #blogto #6ixwalks #imagesoftoronto #streetsoftoronto #torontoclicks #dailyhiveto #yyzishome #warof1812 #canada
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