Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Subway House


The Kendal Ave entrance to the Spadina subway station is located in this 19th century house which has been restored and renovated to provide subway entrance on the main floor and community space for rent upstairs. When the station was built in 1978 the house was put on tracks and wheeled back from its foundation while the work was done to connect the entrance to the station and then the house was returned to its original site. Nice way of fitting into the neighbourhood!

10 comments:

LĂșcia said...

I've never seen something like that!
Love this entrance, old and modern can exist in the same place.

Paul in Powell River said...

I like it!

Eyeliquor 2 said...

I had to look twice..
It easily could have been somewhere in Holland!
Nice restoration job!

Sharon said...

What an amazing feat of engineering it is to move a brick building!

Jack said...

Congratulations to the farsighted folks who recognized the quality of the building and how it would enhance the subway entrance and found a way!

Randy said...

I like it too!

Halcyon said...

It's very cute and quaint! I'll have to visit it sometime.

Mo said...

Hope your subway is more reliable than ours

Denise Scaramai said...

How wonder!!
they embedded the house to the subway!
good solution!

hugs

EG Wow said...

That's an interesting bit of history! I didn't know the building had been removed and then put back.