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Frank P. Wood Estate 1931
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2007
Crescent School, a private school for boys, used to be the Frank P. Wood Estate. It's located on the east side of Bayview Avenue just north of Lawrence Avenue. Nearby are three other former estates; Glendon Hall, the Vaughan Estate and the McLean Estate. This 2006 Heritage Toronto plaque there says:
Coordinates: 43.732492 -79.379434
This elegant house was built for financier, art collector, and philanthropist, Frank P. Wood. Situated on a 12 ha property along what was then known as "Millionaires' Valley", Wood's home was distinguished by the Beaux-Arts influence of the prestigious New York architecture firm Delano and Aldrich. Built of smooth-cut limestone, its severely symmetrical form incorporates elements of the late English and French Renaissance periods. The distinctive rooftop cupola lit the main stair, while the plate-glass sunroom overlooked the West Don River ravine to the south. One of Canada's most distinguished art collectors, Wood was also one of the most important benefactors of the Art Gallery of Toronto (later Art Gallery of Ontario). He bequeathed this estate and his collection to the Gallery on his death in 1955. The property became the home of Crescent School in 1970.
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