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William Dineen House

LAST UPDATE: November 21 2020

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photo credit, courtesy of Bob Krawczyk

photo credit, courtesy of Bob Krawczyk

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

Info:

230 Sherbourne Street, Toronto has been vacant for over a decade. Despite being vacant and partially boarded up, it appears to be actively connected to the electrical system (per electrical lights visible on the interior in July 2019).  Attention should be paid to 230 Sherbourne Street to ensure it is not needlessly lost to preventable fires; structural decay; etc. 

BUILDING INFORMATION
Name & Location
William Dineen House
230 Sherbourne Street
Moss Park, Toronto

First Owner:
William Dineen, clothier

OTHER IDENTIFICATION
Alternate names:
Drina's House

Notes:

This house was renovated in 1895 as a single house, from a double. Long history as a rooming house. The death of Drina Joubert, a homeless woman who froze to death in an abandoned truck in the back yard in 1985 triggered a push for subsidized adult housing in the area. The house has an estimated 30 rooms. Two neighbouring houses, 226 and 224 Sherbourne were demolished.

Status:
Completed

Year Completed:
1871

Map:
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Companies:
The following companies are associated with this building

BUILDING DATA
Type:
Detached house

Current use:
Residential

Heritage:
Designated under Part IV Ontario Heritage Act

Sources:

Sources

  1. Inventory of Heritage Properties
    Author - City of Toronto
    More information

  2. Toronto Architecture: A City Guide
    Author - Patricia McHugh
    Page - 155

  3. Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act – 230 Sherbourne Street
    Author - Toronto Preservation Board
    Date - Sept 9 2011
    Notes - "This report recommends that City Council state its intention to designate the property at
    230 Sherbourne Street (William Dineen House) under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario
    Heritage Act"
    Document - Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act – 230 Sherbourne Street
    More information

  4. Building Drina’s House — Taking it Back: Expropriate 230
    Author - Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
    Date - Sept 2013
    Notes - Excellent information about the history of 230 Sherbourne. A newsletter from OCAP´s ´taking it back´ campagin to expropriate 230 Sherbourne from its owner to be used as social housing, etc.
    Document - Building Drina’s House — Taking it Back: Expropriate 230
    More information

  5. ‘No condos’ for once-glamourous Sherbourne Street, says councillor
    Author - Harrison Lowman
    Date - Dec 11 2013
    Page - The Bulletin
    Notes - Information about the battle between OCAP and the City of Toronto in getting 230 Sherbourne expropriated to be used as affordable social housing.
    More information

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