- Where, exactly?
- 1187 Queen St. East at Curzon
- Who owns it?
- How many units and residents?
- 34 units
- Architectural and building history?
Front three-quarter view
JOE: This is one of the crazy houses.
IAN: I did not groan!
— What’s the problem?
— The problem is with the building. Talk about warehousing. It looks like a warehouse. It has a tall gable end, solid brick – you know, dumbed-down St. Lawrence Market. With balconies. Here’s a horrible thought: Balconies? At the crazy house?
— Well. It reminds me of pictures of the Wychwood Yards that the TTC was getting rid of.
— And there you go. That’s what makes it postmodern.
— This is totally not postmodern.
— Of course it is. It’s relying on your sort of cultural memory of warehouses to try to communicate something. Why on earth someone would want to communicate “warehouse” for social housing, I don’t know.
— This one’s got another sunken entrance. This one’s really prominently sunken, and I always think it will flood.
— It’s like, the only thing they did to add life to it was paint the railing blue. They tried to make the building more interesting with the horizontal bands of a different brick colour, but even that didn’t work.
JOE: And the balconies overlook the garbage of the old folks’ home.
IAN: The balconies look disturbing. And are they individual entrances?
— You’re talking about British-style terraces.
— Each unit has its own balcony, you’re saying?
— I think so, but only on that side.