Friday, April 23, 2010

Hayhoe Estate - 2639 Lake Shore Blvd. West

Hayhoe Estate - 2639 Lake Shore Blvd. West
© Michael Harrison 2010

As you walk east along Lake Shore Blvd. West from Royal York Road, the first estate you come to is the large home built by the Hayhoe family at 2639 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

Built in the French chateaux style, it wouldn't look out of place nestled in a vineyard in France. This is actually the third house built on the lot. The first was built by James Swift in 1913. It burned down in 1922 and was replaced by another house which also burned in 1928.

Ralph Hayhoe purchased the vacant property in 1931 and built the present structure. The Hayhoe family were devoted members of the Plymouth Brethern, a conservative evangelical movement that left the Anglican Church in 1820.   In the early 20th century, the Ontario branch of the family founded Flowerdale Tea, Hayhoe Tea and Hayhoe Flour Mills. The home remained in the family until 1969 when it was sold following the death of R.J. Hayhoe

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for these postings. The estates on Lakeshore captured my imagination when I was young and their history is indeed important and interesting.