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Lennox Mews Lofts – 228-230-234 St. George Street

The three historic houses at 228, 230 and 234 St. George typify the single family houses that once lined the grand streets of the Annex. The Annex, known as one of the City’s first “suburban” neighbourhoods, retains many of its historic houses, typically now home to professors, writers, and university students. Around 1996, three of historic houses went through a conversion to lofts and townhouse units by Urban Corp.

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Elegance abounds inside the lofts carved from the original homes

In the Lennox Mews conversion project on St. George, the developer linked the old mansions together with new townhouse units at the rear, but the condo complex retains the distinct appearance of the three original houses. They join Sloane Square at 217 St. George and the old Powell Mansion at number 212. Add in the various fraternities housed in some of the other stately old homes and it is truly impressive how much history is retained along this stretch of St. George Street, north of Bloor.

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Arts and Crafts architect Eden Smith designed the Bartle E. Bull House at 228 St. George Street which occupies the south end of the Lennox Mews Lofts

The building at the south, 228 St. George, was designed in 1901 by Arts and Crafts architect, Eden Smith (1858–1949). The Bartle E. Bull House was built in 1900 and is a fine example of “Annex” architecture. Originally from England, Smith established an architectural practice in Toronto and went on to design over 2,000 houses in the city, the best known of which is in historic Wychwood Park.

At number 230, in the middle of the trio of houses, stands a house designed in 1909 by local architects, Edwards and Saunders. It really looks like it could be a faux-heritage infill in Leaside!

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The more contemporary house at 230 St. George, the middle unit of the Lennox Mews Lofts

At the north, 234 St. George was constructed in 1903 as the home for Robert Watson, who commissioned one of Toronto’s most influential architects, E.J. Lennox (1855–1933), for the design. Lennox was architect of the west wing of the provincial Legislative Assembly building at Queen’s Park, the similarly styled Old City Hall (Queen and Bay streets), and Casa Loma (1910) at the top of Spadina Avenue. This is one of only 2 Lennox-designed private residences that remain in Toronto. There are only 5 units in the original house, with the rest in the newer towns behind.

The property at 234 St. George Street was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act for its cultural heritage value, meeting the criteria for municipal designation under the three categories of design, historical and contextual value. Located on the west side of St. George Street between Lowther Avenue and Bernard Avenue, the 2-1/2-storey house was commissioned by candy manufacturer Robert Watson and completed in 1903. The property was listed on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties in 1974, and a Heritage Easement Agreement was registered in 1995.

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Robert Watson’s magnificent Queen Anne Revival home at the north end of the Lennox Mews Lofts, by the famous E. J. Lennox

The Robert Watson House is a well-designed example of the Queen Anne Revival style, distinguished by its asymmetrical massing, variety of forms, and mixture of materials. Its appearance reflects the quality of the residential designs found in the Annex neighbourhood. Historically, the Robert Watson House is associated with E. J. Lennox, one of the most prolific and successful architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Toronto. Practicing alone, Lennox produced the plans for many local landmarks, with Toronto’s Old City Hall and Casa Loma among his best known commissions. The Robert Watson House supports the character of the Annex neighbourhood north of Bloor Street, where the residential buildings complement one another through their shared scale, setback, and stylistic value.

NB: Interesting Toronto loft trivia – Robert Watson is the only person to have both his house and his place of business converted to lofts!

Though the majority of the units in this unique Toronto lofts project are housed in the townhouse complex, the dignity and beauty of the homes that line St. George Street is undeniably the centre of attention, regardless of whether you make your home in one of the converted buildings or in the newly built structure.

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Classic elegance and modern convenience meet in the Lennox Mews Lofts

Units range in size from a wee 355 square feet to a grand 2,051 square feet; with studio, one, two, and three bedroom floor plans. Some of the suites feature balconies while others boast terraces, and almost all of these historic homes offer the modern convenience of parking, though with the TTC easily accessible and a vibrant community at your fingertips, you will hardly need to get behind the wheel.

The Annex embraces the University of Toronto, offering student (and wallet) friendly fare on every corner. Grab a slice of pizza with friends, linger over sushi, or fuel up with caffeinated beverages served in the area’s many cafes. If you tire of the student-scene, never fear; an influx of new restaurants is quickly making this area a destination for those in search of fine dining. Wander through the tree-lined streets as you appreciate the preserved beauty and ambiance of Victorian and Edwardian houses, or immerse yourself in the Annex’s dynamic cultural offerings. Lennox Mews Lofts affords you all the charms of yesteryear while placing all the conveniences and entertainment of today at your fingertips!

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Contact Laurin Jeffrey for more information – 416-388-1960

Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto real estate agent with Century 21 Regal Realty.
He did not write every article, some are reproduced here for people who
are interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.

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The three historic houses at 228, 230 and 234 St. George typify the single family houses that once lined the grand streets of the Annex. Now the Lennox Mews Lofts, they give today's buyers a chance to live in a piece of Toronto history.
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