The history of a house
A week or so ago I signed a deal to buy a house a mile from High Park in Toronto (more specific than this I cannot be for security reasons, unfortunately), and I'll be moving in in November.→
I've been wondering just when my house was built, and made an effort to find out from online searches. It turns out I shall have to go to the Toronto Archives in person to find that out, but I did find other stuff. I looked at photos of [my street] taken back in the twenties and even earlier, and read descriptions of plans to build bowling greens further down my street and of 1926 broadsheet advertisements of a one-cent sale taking place at the drugstore in the building right next to my house.
I'm now all fired up with enthusiasm to find out everything I can about my house and the street it's on and am thinking if I can get decent reproductions of some of these pictures, documents such as the building permit, and even things like that one-cent sale advertisement, they would make a neat-o collection to frame and hang in my living room or front hall.
This is just so many of my loves colliding and having an orgy — the house, history, Toronto, and art that I'm feeling overstimulated. Oooooh! I heart the Toronto Archives