Toronto’s Half House is 54 ½ St. Patrick St.— found just off of Queen & University.
The house was literally sliced in half by developers. (Credit: Realtor.ca)
Starting in 1900, developers spent over 5 decades buying up most of the structures around this home.
One owner—the Valkos family at 54 ½ St. Patrick—never gave in and sold.
So developers decided to slice the building in half. The Valkoses complained to city officials but the demolition went through.
The half in the address (54 ½ St. Patrick St) is not because the building was cut in half. Instead that’s just how homes were numbered in the late 19th century.
The house is located just a short walk from the St. Patrick subway station. 🚇
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