I will always fess up to a profound fondness for this ‘type’ of home – a classic Victorian exterior paired with a decidedly modern interior. It encompass so much of what I admire about great architecture – respect for context and tradition; a desire to adapt the existing and (best of all) the element of surprise.
Welcome to 68 Dovercourt Road in Queen West.
Affectionately known as the “Lady Peel House”, this property is the birthplace of Tony Award winning actress Beatrice Lillie or Lady Peel as she would become known.
Ideally situated in Toronto’s vibrant Queen West neighbourhood, this spacious three bedroom, four bathroom residence is minutes to Trinity Bellwoods Park, the area’s eclectic mix of signature independent retailers, restaurants and galleries, and within easy commuting distance of the downtown core. Every possibly convenience is close at hand.
This century home, under the stewardship of atelier rzlbd Architects, underwent a complete back to the bricks rebuild in 2012. The renovation, with careful respect of the neighbouring properties and a nod to the home’s heritage, saw the thoughtful updating of the Victorian facade while completely updating and re-imagining the interior.
The main floor features a prominent front window, introducing exceptional light in the home. The front room is ideal as a dining space, but is currently occupied by the owner’s dramatic Dedon swing. Further back is a generous living room with an original coal box converted to gas, and then the home’s modern kitchen equipped with top-tier appliances, a large eat-in island and abundant storage. A stylish powder room is also tucked away to the side. To the rear is a comfortable sitting room / tv area with immediate access to the home’s deck and garden beyond.
The second floor offers bright rooms, including an open-concept den / reading area which currently houses the owner’s piano. At each end of the home is a bedroom, with the rear bedroom affording ample space for storage and an additional work area. The home’s main bathroom is also located on this level.
Upstairs is a full-floor master retreat, that is almost ‘cloud like’ thanks to the calming white palette. Complete with an ensuite bath and floating tub, this floor also features a private walk-out to a large terrace at the back of the home.
The lower level of the home is completely finished and features a separate entry at the front and the rear. This flexible space is ideal as a home office, family living area or teenager / inlaw suite.
The result of this exceptional renovation is a uniquely contemporary residence offering an open floorplan with abundant natural light and tremendous volumes making the home ideal for entertaining while cleverly providing both the intimacy and privacy found in more traditional designs.