This $4.2 mil his­toric home once played host to the Group of Seven

Re­turn to yes­ter­year as we com­pare two land­mark prop­er­ties: a for­mer school­house con­verted into a stu­dio and res­i­dence for two well-known sculp­tors, and the for­mer home of Canada’s ninth prime min­is­ter, Sir Arthur Meighen.

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A SCULP­TOR’S STU­DIO IN MOORE PARK

Built in the 1850s as the school­house for Deer Park United Church, the two­s­torey build­ing at 110 Glen­rose Ave. was con­verted into a home and stu­dio for two prom­i­nent Cana­dian sculp­tors, Frances Lor­ing and Florence Wyle. The two made it a cen­tre for Cana­dian art and hosted many well-known artists, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Group of Seven. The home has now been put up for sale by the cur­rent own­ers, who pur­chased and re­stored it in 1972 and are only the third own­ers of the prop­erty in 160 years. The his­toric home has two bed­rooms and three bath­rooms with many of its orig­i­nal fea­tures still in­tact. It has been des­ig­nated an On­tario Her­itage site and is on the mar­ket for $4.2 mil­lion with Royal LePage J& D Di­vi­sion, Bro­ker­age.

VS. A PRIME MIN­IS­TER’S MANSION IN ROSEDALE

The prop­erty at 57 Cas­tle Frank Cres. was con­structed in 1910 and de­signed by Toronto ar­chi­tec­tural firm Chad­wick & Beck­ett. In 1927, the prop­erty was pur­chased by Sir Arthur Meighen, where he resided dur­ing his two ap­point­ments as the prime min­is­ter of Canada. He con­tin­ued to live at the ad­dress un­til he passed away in 1960. The house is con­sid­ered to be a great ex­am­ple of the Tu­dor Re­vival style pop­u­lar in the early 20th cen­tury and is now re­ferred to as a neigh­bour­hood land­mark by the Toronto His­tor­i­cal Board. The three-storey res­i­dence has seven bed­rooms, six bath­rooms, 4,200 square feet of liv­ing space and over­looks the Rosedale Ravine. It is on the mar­ket for $4.675 mil­lion with Mil­borne Real Es­tate Inc., Bro­ker­age.

The sec­ond-floor liv­ing room is full of old­world charm, with gothic win­dows, cathe­dral ceil­ings and a wood-burn­ing fire­place.

This sit­ting area has hard­wood ceil­ings and floors, with stone walls and a walk-out to the raised flag­stone ter­race.

The fam­ily room has beamed ceil­ings, a wood-burn­ing fire­place and a cosy nook that over­looks the ravine.

Loft-style win­dows, vaulted ceil­ings, maple hard­wood floors and a wall of mir­rored glass make up this main floor fam­ily room.

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