Living in The Ontario: A History Lover's Dream

Living in The Ontario: A History Lover's Dream

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Rachael Grad
Aug 10, 2009

You caught a glimpse of the historic Lanier Heights co-op building in House Tour: Scott's Detailed Restoration at The Ontario. Now take a tour of the historic building's features, which include original servants' elevator and washrooms, a basement architectural salvage room — where residents can leave or pick up original building elements — a billiards room, and a summer house.

When it first opened in 1905, The Ontario was a popular home for Civil War widows. The billiard table was bought when the building opened and is still used by residents! The old boiler room is now used as a bike room. Building residents have a communal herb garden.

To restore his apartment back to its original condition, Scott found building elements — including doors and the fireplace mantel — in the building's basement salvage room. See more of The Ontario, including a built-in jewelry safe and a servant's call-box in House Tour: Scott's Detailed Restoration at The Ontario.

(Images: Rachael Grad)

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