Modest Hopes: Worker's Cottages of Toronto

Don Loucks, Leslie Valpy

Celebrating the row houses, semis, and cottages that are an important but forgotten part of the Toronto narrative. Too often, workers' cottages are characterized today as being small, cramped, poorly built, and disposable.

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Publisher: Dundurn Group.
Publish Date: 10/12/2021
Pages: 216
ISBN-13: 9781459745544
ISBN-10: 145974554X
Language: English

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Celebrating the row houses, semis, and cottages that are an important but forgotten part of the Toronto narrative.

Too often, workers' cottages are characterized today as being small, cramped, poorly built, and disposable. But in the late 1800s, to have worked and saved enough money to move into one was an incredible achievement. Moving from the crowded conditions of boarding houses, or areas such as Toronto's Ward or Ashport's "shanty-town," to a self-contained, six-hundred-square-foot row house was the result of an unimaginably strong hope, belief, and commitment for the future.

For the workers and their families, these houses were far from modest. The architectural details of these cottages suggested status, value, and pride of place; they reminded them of where they had come from, with architectural roots from their homeland.

These "modest hopes" are an under-valued heritage resource and an important but forgotten part of the Toronto narrative about the people who lived in them and who built our city.

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