The long-anticipated demolition of 600 Jarvis Street began yesterday and is expected to take a couple of weeks. For many years until a move 18 months ago to 80 Hayden Street, a stone’s throw away, 600 Jarvis Street was the home of General Synod Staff.
The Anglican Church of Canada has maintained offices at the site on Jarvis Street since 1922, when the Missionary Society of the Church in Canada purchased an 1880s-vintage, three-storey brick house at 604 Jarvis for $56,250.
In 1945, another 19th-century house, at 596 Jarvis, was purchased and the two were merged, renovated and expanded over the years to become the three-storey building at number 600 called “Church House.”
The old location is expected eventually to become the site of a large commercial/residential redevlopment. Developer Philmor Group Ltd. plans to erect a 21-storey condominium tower on the site.
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