This property is not under imminent risk of demolition, but the present state of it is very concerning.
Name & Location
233-235 Spadina Avenue 233-235 Spadina avenue Kensington-Chinatown, Toronto
This property dates to 1872. It is one of the oldest - perhaps the oldest - extant properties on Spadina Avenue (not including Spadina House museum). There were historically 8 large mansions on Spadina Avenue between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West. 7 of these were demolished by the 1930s and mostly replaced with the commercial buildings associated with Spadina Avenue to date or parking lots.
The first occupant of this house was Adam Rolph who worked for the Northern Railway Company. (Note: In 1873, all of the residents of this block of Spadina Avenue were employed by the Northern Railway Company). Rolph lived here for 1 year before moving to the Western United States. Huson (Hewson) William Munro Murray (1835 - 1914) - a prominent barrister and the founding manager of the Toronto Pressed Brick and Terra-Cotta Company - then moved in here with his family in 1873. The Murray's lived here until 1907. Between 1907 and 1914, this was the home of F. W. Matthews & Co Funeral Home and Undertakers. By the late 1910s, the property was divided into a mix of commercial and residential units and severed into 2 addresses.