Everyone loves a little real-estate snooping. The Globe and Mail has a great write-up of one of Weston’s treasures that has just gone on the market.
The former Odd Fellow’s Hall at 24 Church is for sale for $800,000, and it is spectacular. Nowhere in Toronto could you get a place this lovely for such a reasonable amount (assuming, of course, that it’s not in a bidding war).
In 1893, the Masons borrowed the building for a dinner one February night. Around 10 p.m., local accounts say, the second floor collapsed and 90 people crashed through to the floor below. No one was killed but many were seriously injured in the catastrophe and, after that, the second floor was reinforced with steel beams….
During all of the changes, the Odd Fellows congregated at their lodge building for more than 100 years. In the late 1980s they hired real estate agent Anita Merlo to sell the building.
Ms. Merlo recalls that the neighbourhood was undergoing a transformation at the time and she speculated that builders might want to develop the property. She knew the next-door neighbour was a designer who created props and mannequins. She approached the Ken Albright about buying the property in order to preserve it.
The family quickly agreed.
Thanks to S for the tip.