Thursday, May 17, 2012

69 Albany Ave

This lovely Edwardian house in the Annex is famous for being the home of Jane Jacobs from 1971 until her death in 2006 and is typical of the area with its well treed and green lot. You can see yesterday's plaque in the front garden. In the 1960s this whole area was slated to be torn apart by the Spadina Expressway which would have run right through the Annex. It was a time of huge protest against the roadway which Jacobs joined after arriving from the U.S. in 1968 and finally in 1971 the expressway was stopped and a beautiful part of the city was saved!  

14 comments:

Deb said...

An Edwardian beauty indeed, bet the inside is fascinating

Paul in Powell River said...

I love those big old Ontario houses - these we don't have in Powell River!

Julie said...

This is downright gorgeous. However ...

I am glad that I am not the owner and having to cope with all the damage that creeping vines like that do, sucking the moisture out of board and brick, weighing the structure down. Beauty is not the only requirement ...

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Good for Jane! Beautiful home.

Mo said...

Thank goodness for the protestors.

NixBlog said...

Lovely shot. It's great that such homes are being preserved.

LĂșcia said...

It's a lovely house!
Home sweet home. :)

Regina K said...

Beautiful home and area. Jane was a savior for the area. Glad people like her were around.

Randy said...

Lovely home. I really like the vine climbing the wall.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Thank heavens for protestors in situations like this, how different this serene image could have been hey Pat.

La Principessa Errante said...

What an amazingly beautiful house. Always neat to read the protests of the 60's and 70's against monstrous, poorly thought out, freeways.

JM said...

Beautiful! Love that wall covered with the vine.

EG CameraGirl said...

Thank goodness for Jane Jacobs!

Rita said...

Fantastic shot and an even better story to go with it.