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Riverdale Courts 1913 (with later additions)
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2011
On the northwest corner of Bain and Logan Avenues can be found this 2011 Heritage Toronto plaque erected with support from the Riverdale Historical Society. Here's what it says:
Coordinates: 43.672023 -79.347304
A landmark in the early development of publicly supported rental-housing in Toronto, Riverdale Courts was constructed for the Toronto Housing Company, a business backed by the City of Toronto. Faced with a shortage of affordable housing, the Company had Toronto architecture firm Eden Smith and Sons design both Spruce Court (Cabbagetown) and this larger apartment complex. The firm's plans reflected interest in "social uplift" and in the Garden City movement. Two hundred and four flats were constructed here in the English Cottage style, each with a street-level entrance, and apartment blocks were oriented around grass courts intended for children's play. In 1922-23, an additional 52 apartments designed by architect F.H. Marani were built along Logan Avenue and at the Courts' southwest corner. After a turbulent period of private ownership, the resident-run Bain Apartments Co-operative took possession of the entire apartment complex in 1977.
> Posted September 6, 2011
The Riverdale Historical Society is to be congratulated on funding this and many other Heritage plaques in Riverdale.
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