The street is distinguished by it’s characteristic street lamps, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.  This part of the street, between College Street and Bloor Street was held back from development (so that they could charge more for bigger houses, I expect).  So it is an Edwardian street in a Victorian neighbourhood. 

Even if you’re not an architecture buff, you’ll quickly see that The Boulevard has slightly larger rooms, more light and much better construction.  In 1904 much of Toronto burned to the ground.  The next year they had for the first time this modern innovation called a Building Code.  By any standards, Palmerston Blvd houses are overbuilt.  Before this Building Code, semi-detached homes were separated by lath and plaster walls, and often had shared attics.  Here we have triple brick.  Most structural components are clear pine of a sort that’s not available today at any price.  If I could, I’d bet that this house will be in great condition in 200 years, maybe more.  I would not say that for anything built today.

The street is wider than any other residential streets in the area and is lined with trees that meet in the middle.  Thirty years after it was built, the Boulevard was mostly rooming houses and apartments, now, one by one, houses are going back to what they were designed for: single family homes.

Many neighbours, including the house next door, have spent great sums of money and great care renovating their homes.  It’s a house-proud street.

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