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The Cottages of St. Nicholas Street

On the charming little downtown street known as St. Nicholas Street, house numbers 45 to 63 are known as “The Cottages”.

In 1883, The Scottish Ontario and Manitoba Land Company built ten row houses on the east side of St. Nicholas Street and named each cottage after a tree: Beach, Birch, Spruce, Hazel, Rose, Maple, Ash, Ivy, Elm and Oak.  The properties were occupied by tenants, with occupations ranging from Saloon Keeper to Minister. The style of construction was Bay-N-Gable on a 18′ 10″ wide lot. These buildings have been designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.  A little alley called Cottage Lane provides access to the rear of the houses.

45 St. Nicholas Street
Beech Cottage and Birch Cottage
49-51 St. Nicholas Street
Spruce Cottage and Hazel Cottage
53-55 St. Nicholas Street
Rose Cottage and Maple Cottage
57-59 St. Nicholas Street
Ash Cottage and Ivy Cottage
61-63 St. Nicholas Street
Elm Cottage and Oak Cottage

A rare example of a surviving Victorian terraced row, 45-63 St. Nicholas Street is unique to say the least. The street sits just several hundred metres from Yonge and Bloor Streets, yet feels like a quaint neighbourhood block. St. Nicholas Street was, in fact, originally an alley lane before the row was constructed in 1884.

Mystery Sculpture

This mysterious statue stands guard at the townhouse complex on the northwest corner of Irwin Avenue and St. Nicholas Street.​

There is absolutely nothing to identify it, its purpose or its artist. I have a sneaking feeling, though, that it’s created by the artist Robert Bowers, as it has such a similar look to another sculpture I’ve featured here on TOcityscapes:

What do you think – similar or not?

Click here if you’d like to read my post on this untitled Bay Street sculpture.

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