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Samuel Bennett House

LAST UPDATE: November 24 2020

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15 Glen Morris Street, Toronto - January 2016 - Photograph by Adam Wynne

15 Glen Morris Street, Toronto - January 2016 - Photograph by Adam Wynne

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

Info:

15 Glen Morris Street, Toronto has been vacant since mid-2017. While the property has been Designated as a Heritage Property under the Ontario Heritage Act and there are plans for its restoration as part of a new re-development, its vacant state is a cause for concern as a potential demolition by deterioration (demolition by neglect) in the interim. 

BUILDING INFORMATION
Name & Location
Samuel Bennett House
15 Glen Morris Street
University, Toronto

Owner:
CoStone Group

First Owner:
Robert Hay

OTHER IDENTIFICATION
Notes:

15 Glen Morris Street, Toronto was constructed in 1878. It is the oldest house in the Huron-Sussex neighbourhood.  The Huron-Sussex neighbourhood is an Area of Special Identity within the Official City of Toronto Plan. This is distinct from a Heritage Conservation District.  

 

15 Glen Morris Street is of the Ontario Gothic Revival Cottage (Ontario House) style. The house contains polychromatic brickwork on the north (primary) elevation which has been painted over. 15 Glen Morris Street is 1 of only 4 Ontario Gothic Revival Cottages (Ontario Houses) in the Huron-Sussex neighbourhood. Notably, the other 3 of these 4 are slated for demolition in the near future.  Subsequently, 15 Glen Morris Street will be the only surviving Ontario Gothic Revival Cottage (Ontario House) in the Huron-Sussex neighbourhood. 

 

15 Glen Morris Street was built by Robert Hay (1808-1890) who sold it to Samuel Bennett several months after construction. Hay was a prominent furniture and interior designer and manufacturer in 19th century Canada. Between 1878 and 1887, Hay Served as the Member of Parliament for Toronto-Centre.  Hay was a founding manager of the Bank of Saint Lawrence in 1872 and also served as the Director of the Credit Valley Railway and President of the Canadian Lumber Cutting Machine Company during the 1870s.  The Recollections of a Neighbourhood: Huron-Sussex from UTS to Stop Spadina notes that early development on nearby Harbord Street was spurred by Premier Oliver Mowat encouraging bank lending in the 19th century. Further research is required to determine whether Hay had connections to Premier Mowat in regards to his or the St. Lawrence Bank's involvement in the construction of this (and potentially other) early house(s) in the Huron-Sussex neighbourhood. 

 

Samuel Bennett - of who the house is now named after - was a teamster by trade.  The Bennett family resided at 15 Glen Morris Street between 1878 and 1895. 

 

The noted journalist, war correspondent, and political scientist C. Willson Woodside (1905-1991) lived at 15 Glen Morris Street between 1940 and 1945. 

The detached garage at the rear of the property dates to 1945. 

 

Around 1988, 15 Glen Morris Street was converted to 5 residential units.  

 

In 2017, 15 Glen Morris Street was designated as a Heritage Property under the Ontario Heritage Act. During the preliminary heritage-related proceedings, the former owner of the property removed elements of the structure - including porch pillars and ornate bargeboard woodworking.  Since mid-2017, 15 Glen Morris Street has been vacant. 

Current plans for the property indicate the preservtion and retention of the heritage house, alongside the addition of an 8-storey apartment building above and behind the 1878 house. The rear wing and garage of the extant house will be demolished during this project. 

 

Year Completed:
1878

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  1. Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act –15 Glen Morris Street
    Author - City of Toronto Heritage Preservation Services
    Date - 11 April 2017
    Document - Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act –15 Glen Morris Street

  2. Tenants fighting to save 140-year-old home being demolished ´piecemeal´
    Author - Sienkiewicz, Alexandra
    Date - 28 January 2017
    Notes - CBC Article. 
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  3. 15 Glen Morris
    Author - Urban Toronto
    Date - 13 July 2020
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  4. Designation of 15 Glen Morris Street under the Ontario Heritage Act
    Author - Ontario Heritage Trust
    Date - 2017
    More information

  5. Student housing proposal pitched for heritage home on U of T campus
    Author - McNally, Michelle
    Date - 16 July 2020
    More information

  6. Tenants seek heritage designation for 140-year-old house near U of T
    Author - Hudes, Sammy
    Date - 25 January 2017
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  7. Recollections of a Neighbourhood: Huron-Sussex from UTS to Stop Spadina
    Author - Williams, Nancy and Scott-Baron, Marie
    Date - 2013/2014
    Notes - Local history book detailing the Huron-Sussex neighbourhood. 

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