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These 1.5-storey stone dwellings constructed together between 1922-1923 display features of cottages typically built in the nineteenth century. The Cottage style draws on architectural handbooks available in North America from England by the early 1800s that included a variety of residential plans and styles for home construction. The three house-form buildings at 96-98 Superior Avenue and Queens Avenue display the block plan, stone construction and symmetrical openings on the principal (east) elevation that are all characteristic features of the Cottage style. Whereas the Victorian-era Ontario Cottage became known as such for its small gable and pointed or round-arched window (both centred over the main entrance), the Frederic J. A. Davidson Cottages instead incorporate Neo-Classical styling in the alternation of the three pointed and round dormer roofs symmetrically placed over the ground floor openings on the main gable roof.
The subject properties are noteworthy for their fine stonework with the split-faced, grey sandstone ashlar likely having been locally-sourced from Mimico Creek. The use of this Inclusion on the Heritage Register - 96-98 Superior Avenue and 214 Queens Avenue and Intention to Designate - 98 Superior Avenue Page 12 of 26 stone on all four elevations of the three buildings represents a unique instance of employing this construction method and materiality for residential dwellings in the area.
The properties at 96-98 Superior Avenue and 214 Queens Avenue are valued for their association with the prominent scholar and University of Toronto professor, Frederic J. A. Davidson (1870-1946). Since 1948, Davidson's contribution to the study of languages has been commemorated by University College in the form of the annual Davidson Prizes Competition for the best essays in English and French literature.
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