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#1 gumgum

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:09 PM

According to Boulevard, this 1898 property is to be restored.


Good thing too because this is what it used to look like.


More pics here.

"The new owner want to convert it to strata title, with heritage designation." Boulevard

#2 Jill

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:35 AM

Thank god. I've mourned for that house for years (and its unfortunate neighbours). I believe the picture above shows what is now the back of the house, as what was the rear of the house fronts Albert Street.

#3 Bernard

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:43 AM

Hard to believe it is the same house.

#4 D.L.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:55 AM

...the picture above shows what is now the back of the house...


You're right! Here's a view of the south side of the house - http://maps.google.c...9,,2,-3.97&z=19

I wonder to what degree the decoration on the house will be restored. From my understanding, many Victorian style houses fell into disrepair partly from the elaborateness of their wooden ornamentation. There's just too much of it to maintain!

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:22 PM

I really hope they restore the spires. So many of our Victorian buildings had huge ornamental or even functional spires and towers. It's funny how much height we've lost in the last century and then forbid height claiming historical sensitivities.
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#6 Bernard

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 02:11 PM

You can get a better view from Bing of the house.

#7 slinkyo

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:37 PM

There are several pictures on the Hallmark Society website of the old grand dame over the years...

http://victoriahisto...=property&id=14

#8 D.L.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 06:53 PM

Coming along nicely.

It will have two 3 bedrooms, two 2 bedrooms and one 1 bedroom.





#9 D.L.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 01:57 PM

Looks like it's finished now





Photos from Drakensburg Development Corp.

#10 Bingo

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 02:23 PM

That's an amazing restoration and great photos. :thumbsup:

#11 sebberry

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 03:01 PM

Fantastic restoration. Too bad the spires were removed from the roof though.

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#12 slinkyo

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 04:23 PM

Here is a composite pic I did a while back..



#13 Barra

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 04:40 PM

Fantastic restoration. Too bad the spires were removed from the roof though.


While generally I am a heritage purist, I think the spires were a bit over the top. I like what they've done. I'm wondering, since the former front facade was in the middle of the block, sort of facing the back of the house in front of it, can you now see the entire facade?
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#14 D.L.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 04:57 PM

Though it is private property, there's nothing stopping someone from going around to the south side of the building to see the original front facade. There's a parking lot back there.

#15 Bingo

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:02 PM

The photo on the right must have been from the 50's. We had one of those exact antennas when we got our first TV.




#16 sebberry

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:10 PM

Looks like it lost the spires a long time ago then. Regardless, still a great looking restoration. I wonder what it looks like inside.

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#17 D.L.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:14 PM

Five smallish apartments/condos, no historical decor

#18 sebberry

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:30 PM

No interior photos yet, but there are a few listings on MLS:

http://www.realtor.c...Key=-2054322375

Looks like the starting price is $299,900

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 05:19 PM

You can buy the whole thing for under $1.7M

 

http://beta.realtor....ertyId=14004205


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