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Robinson Cottages

LAST UPDATE: May 31 2019

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Photo Linda Dawn Hammond

Photo Linda Dawn Hammond

AT RISK INFORMATION
At risk status:
This building is at risk

BUILDING INFORMATION
Name & Location
Robinson Cottages
40-44 Mitchell Avenue
Niagara, Toronto

OTHER IDENTIFICATION
Notes:
James Lukin Robinson built 32 Garrison Common Cottages ( also known as Robinson Cottages & misidentified in city records for some time as Robertson Cottages). 16 cottages were first built on Mitchell Avenue, then 8 or Richmond Street West and 8 on Adelaide St. West. These brick, semi-detached cottages were built as a group, 4 pairs on one street backing onto 4 pairs behind. The houses were occupied by industrial workers, industry linked to the railway lines that passed through the neighborhood. All the Garrison Common Cottages on Adelaide St. are gone, but 7 cottages remain on Richmond Street W, and 4 cottages are left on Mitchell Ave. These are now among the oldest modestly scaled residential houses in Toronto. Robinson intended to build a similar group of cottages near the train station in Mimico, but the project collapsed before any were built. Now: 4 of the cottages on Richmond St. W. are listed. A Demolition Permit has been applied for 2 of the cottages on Mitchell Ave. and 2 more are for sale and being advertised as potential for demolition & rebuild. ALL of the cottages should be listed on the City of Toronto Register of Heritage Property.

Status:
No heritage status

Year Completed:
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BUILDING DATA
Type:
Semi-detached house

Heritage:
No heritage status

Main Style:

Sources:

Sources

  1. Lost Toronto
    Author - Patrick Cummins
    Notes - Includes historic photos, maps and contemporary photos of the surviving cottages
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  2. Fort York Fife and Drum
    Author - Daniel Dishaw
    Date - September 2017
    Page - 5
    Notes - Article on efforts to conserve the Garrison (Robinson) Cottages
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  3. Fife and Drum
    Author - S.A. Otto
    Date - January 2005
    Page - 2
    Notes - A history of the cottages, two black and white photos
    More information

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