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LAST UPDATE: December 30 2020
Complaints calling out "demolition by neglect" from the Annex Neighbourhood Association and neighbouring residents. The house has been boarded up and the owner has requested a demolition application from the City of Toronto.
As of late December 2020, 6 Walmer Road is undergoing maintenance-related work. Extensive scaffolding has been erected around the property.
This is listed in the Inventory of Heritage Properties as #10 Walmer Road.
The Thomas Goldsmith House has design value as a well-crafted example of a late 19th century house form building executed in the popular Queen Anne Revival style. While the structure displays the typical features of the style in its irregularly-shaped plan, mixture of materials, variety in the shape and placement of the fenestration, and classical detailing, the Thomas Goldsmith House is an important surviving example of residential architecture on Walmer Road in the West Annex that retains its architectural integrity. The property at 6 Walmer Road is also associated with the career of Toronto architect F. H. Herbert, one of the city’s best-known practitioners specializing in residential architecture at the close of the 19th century. Herbert designed houses for clients in the city's prominent residential neighbourhoods, including the West Annex where Arthur Boswell Houses at 69-71 Spadina Road are among those designated under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act. With the changes in the West Annex, the Thomas Goldsmith House remains an important surviving example of Herbert’s portfolio in the West Annex. Contextually, the Thomas Goldsmith House is historically linked to its surroundings on Walmer Road in the West Annex neighbourhood. The dwelling dates to the period when the area was a sought-after residential enclave where the Walmer Road Baptist Church (completed 1892) at 38 Walmer Road is another extant recognized heritage building.
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