Why I Love Toronto Reason #131
The Kendal Ave Entrance of the Yonge-University-Spadina line Portion of Spadina
I didn’t know this existed until I did research on Reason #104 . However, I found this absolutely fascinating and had to see it with my own eyes before I could blog about it. This house which is across the street from Kendal Ave on Spadina Road was designed by Robert Ogilvie for Norman B. Gash who was a Barrister (which I believe is a lawyer entitled to practise as an advocate – I think I have a lawyer as a follower and I wonder if they could confirm this fact for me!). At the time the house was built, which the plaque says was 1899, Spadina was only one lane and it wasn’t until the 50’s when it became a 4 lane road, in the 70’s there was a proposal for an expressway which would have saw the demolition of many of the houses on the street. But in all seriousness can you imagine an expressway there? I feel it would be awkward. It was a family home until the 50’s and it wasn’t until 1978 when the station opened that it became an entrance.
So today I exited at Kendal Ave and no lies, when you are exiting the station you cannot even tell it is a house. It looks like a regular TTC station. It is only really the exterior and maybe a few rooms which are blocked from the public that are reminisce of the old Gash Household, the rooms are pure speculation though but personally if I blocked a section off from the public I wouldn’t waste the money to reconfigure I, only your staff is going to see it. Now Kendal is an automatic entrance which really isn’t surprising if you read the post on this portion of the station, but it still has a collector booth. However, for the collector booth I would have designed one on the south part of the house where these beautiful old windows are and have the booth as one of the original rooms just so we have a little more history of the building. ALSO Imagine if the TTC incorporated a museum!! I would have given it more love points
I couldn’t really find any information of Mr. Gash or Mr. Ogilvie (well for Mr. O he did build a few homes on Madison Ave), but nothing really about who they are and if they had any other significance on our city. Back to the house though, I bet there are few people who have driven past or waked past and have seen the TTC sign in front of the house and wondered “hey where is the entrance!” My friend who partied in the area one night went to the poll, but could not figure out why the entrance was on the other side of the street, little did she know that the entrance was in the house, but considering she was drunk I bet she thought it was a real house and didn’t want to get arrested for breaking and entering.
Regardless, tucked away on Spadina Road is the former house of a barrister which is now the entrance of Spadina Station.
That Is Why I Love Toronto.
P.S. If you have any place that you love in Toronto tell me!! I applied an ask section! I want to explore new areas of the city! any place North of Bloor and Yonge and anywhere in the Danforth Area.