Not that this beautiful turn of the (last) century home hasn't been torn down - although that by itself is an accomplishment.....
It Is Actually A Subway Station!
And the comment about it not being torn down; it almost was when the subway was put through in the '70's. The city bought the property to tear it down to build a proper (see below) station.
But locals and the Toronto Historical Board banded together to convince the city to preserve it.
Now This I Believe!
This is the next subway stop, just up the street.
I'm sure the transportation planners are glad those pesky locals didn't interfere this time!
And This I Believe, Too
Nothing says "You're special" (Part Deux) more than a welcoming entrance.
Although it's not - either welcoming nor an entrance.
It's hard to make out, but what it says is, "Don't enter here, go all the way to the end of the block, pay your money, then come back here to catch your sad, sorry bus. Do you think this is here for your convenience?"
So I think I will walk the other direction and enter the subway through another era in time........