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Cranfield House 1902
Photos by contributor Pancheta Barnett - Posted September, 2013
Photo Source - The Harris & Associated Families History Archive
This house, at the northwest corner of Pape Avenue and Riverdale Avenue, has a 2013 Heritage Toronto plaque produced with the Riverdale Historical Society erected near the sidewalk. Here's what it says:
Coordinates: 43.67159 -79.34198
This house was built for William and Caroline Harris and was named for Caroline's ancestral village. Designed by Toronto architect Henry Simpson, it has elements of two architectural styles. The Flemish gables and tall chimneys represent the Queen Anne Revival style, while the columned porches and patterned windows are associated with Edwardian Classicism. A butcher, William Harris began his career in England. He emigrated to Toronto where he established a meat processing factory in 1869. In 1901, he founded the Harris Abattoir Company, which later became part of Canada Packers Limited. In 1930, the Harris family transferred the house to the Salvation Army, and the building became a social aid centre for 75 years.
> Posted October 5, 2013
So very good to see the publication of this plaque! A long time in the making and valiant efforts from many! My family thanks the City of Toronto and the Riverdale Historical Society!
James F. Harris
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