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28 Bracken Avenue

LAST UPDATE: May 31 2019

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Image by Richard Koroll (Globe and Mail)

Image by Richard Koroll (Globe and Mail)

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

Info:

A development application was filed in October 2018 to demolish the exisiting house and replace it with a much larger 2.5 story house.

BUILDING INFORMATION
Name & Location
28 Bracken Avenue
28 Bracken Avenue
The Beaches, East York

OTHER IDENTIFICATION
Notes:

This property was one of the first on Bracken Avenue to be occupied. While a  2015 Globe and Mail article and 2018-19 zoning application list the house's construction date as or c. 1913, the lot was vacant until 1916. The first mention of the lot (lot 134) in the Toronto City directory occurs in 1917, and lists Albert G. Hill. At that time, two properties on the north side of Bracken Avenue and one vacant lot on the south side were listed in the directory.

This Arts and Crafts, or Craftsman, style house sitting on a raised basement is built of buff brick with cedar shingle faced second and third floors. The third floor features a triangular shaped gable on the north side, balanced by a dormer window on the southern second floor, both with prominent bracketed eaves.  The steeply pitched, sweeping roof on the southern half of the house covers an extensive verandah, its overhanging roof supported by groups of simple columns in an unusual arrangement of one short and two tall columns on brick pillars. The sash hung windows are in groups of three or four.

Original features of the house include oak trim and beamed ceilings. At one point, these were painted over but were later restored by owners in the 21st century.

The house received the name 'Moose House' at one point due to one of the owner's displaying a mounted moose head trophy on their front porch. 

Status:
Completed

Year Completed:
1916

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BUILDING DATA
Type:
Detached house

Current use:
Residential

Main Style:

Sources:

Sources

  1. Toronto Beaches landmark ‘moose house’ gets an upgrade
    Author - Carolyn Ireland
    Date - October 22, 2015
    Notes - Globe and Mail article about the house´s history and recent (2015) updates.
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  2. The Toronto City Directory 1917
    Author - Might Directories Limited
    Date - 1917
    Page - 123
    Notes - Page 123 shows properties on Bracken Avenue. 28 Bracken is referenced as ´134´, the lot number. 
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  3. 1913 Toronto Fire Insurance Map
    Author - Goad´s Atlas of the City of Toronto
    Date - 1913
    Notes - Fire insurance map from 1913. See plate 108 (found on the “East of Pape Avenue, South of St. Clair Avenue” portion of the map). No structures listed as on the property, but shows that the lot at the northwest corner of Bracken and Bingham is l
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  4. Development Application: 28 Bracken Avenue
    Author - City of Toronto
    Date - 2018-2019
    Notes - See ´supporting documentation´ section for documents relating to the 2018/19 application to demolish the existing house and replace it.    The ´CA Application Form´ lists the house´s construction date as 2013.
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