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Toronto Star: Say Goodbye to Terra Cotta House, 20 Jerome Street
Vjosa Isai | May 21, 2018

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Historic 113-year-old terracotta-tiled home in west end to be demolished

From Issue No. 269 | May 21, 2018

A terracotta-tiled home nestled on Jerome St. in the west end has stood 113 years. But the decades are catching up to it.

In what city staff are calling a rare situation, the heritage-registered property is slated be demolished. 

The unique terracotta house at 20 Jerome St., in the Junction near Dundas and Dupont Sts. The house built near the turn of the century was originally owned by John Shelley Turner, a west end builder, in 1905.

The building is not structurally sound. If you sneeze too hard, its going to fall down, said Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkkdale-High Park).

Neighbours at Dundas St. W. and Dupont St. have been vocal about their desire to see the home preserved, after the new owners began construction at the site last month. 

The neighbours will have until next week to raise any concerns about the owners plans to level the home  such as requesting proper dust suppression on site, but their input will not affect the demolition order itself. 

It has to come down because it is not safe, said Perks. However, the tiles are the historical feature that the city is keen to figure out how to preserve, he added.

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Neighbours want beautiful terracotta-tiled home preserved in west-end Toronto

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