Monday, January 22, 1917



Page 2. (1917, Jan 22). Toronto Daily Star (1900-1971)


Inspected Housing Company’s Apartments on Bain Avenue. HAD LUNCHEON AT PARLIAMENT BLDG. Will Pay Visit to the General Hospital This Afternoon.

Wrapped in a typical Canadian fur coat and hat of the same material. His Excellency the Duke of Devon-shire, Governor-General, was well fortified against the wintry atmosphere when he arrived from Ottawa at the Union Station this morning on his second visit to Toronto to inaugurate the big patriotic campaign in Massey Hall tonight. The train was due at 7.20. but it was exactly two hours late on account of the snowstorm. Lieut.-Col. Henderson, Capt. Ridley. and Capt. Bulkeley-Johnston accompanied the Duke, who was met at the station by Col. Fraser, A.D.C. to the Lieutenant-Governor, Sir John Hankie. Four policemen were on hand when the train pulled in, but there were few spectaors. After a brief salutation the party was conducted to waiting autos and motored directly to Government House, where they had breakfast.

At eleven o’clock the Duke inspected the Toronto Housing Company’s property on Bain avenue, where Mr. G. Frank Beer, president of the company, received the party and showed them over the apartment scheme and heating plant, and his Excellency was much interested in the tour.

Some of Those Present.

When the vice-regal party arrived: they were conducted to the apartment of Mrs. M. L. Irvine. secretary of the Local Council of Women who, along with the Duke, shook hands with the guests as they entered. Among those present were: Sir John Hendrie, Lady Eaton, Mr. G. Frank Beer, president of the Housing Company; Mr. W. S. B. Armstrong, secretary and manager; Mr. Jas. Banigan, honorary secretary. and Mrs. Banigan; Mr. P. H. Mitchell. managing director, and Mrs. Mitchell; Mr and Mrs. Thomas Roden• Mrs. H.D. Warren, Miss S. K. Currie, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stone, Lady Willison, Mr. and Mrs. Donnington-Grobb, Ald. and Mrs. Hilltz, Mrs. Vincent Massey, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Huestis. and Mr. Arnold Ivie.

President Beer Welcomes the Duke.

In welcoming the Duke, Mr. G. Frank Beer, president of the Toronto Housing Co.. said:

“The housing movement in Canada was inaugurated by Earl Grey, then Governor-General of Canada, and received great encouragement through the interest taken in housing and town planning by the Duke of Connaught. In this connection we are not unaware that town planning in England has received a great stimulus as a result of the forethought and wisdom displayed by the family of Your Grace in laying out towns and villages on their estates. Eastbourne, now a model residential town of 55.000 inhabitants. will forever be a monument to the interest taken by them in housing and will remain equally an inspiration to all those who desire and work to secure

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better living conditions and improved social surroundings.

The work of the Toronto Housing Company has been made possible through the co-operation of the city of Toronto.

“The work of the company is the I provision of houses at moderate rentals. We are now housing over 250 families comprising over 1.000 Persons. The aim of the Housing Company, however, is not only to provide dwellings, but to assist in remedying those conditions of which undesirable housing is but a symptom. The war in which we are engaged, interrupted our building plans, and the development at this point is, therefore, incomplete. We hope however, that the coming year may find its in a position to complete this particular unit of our undertaking. In addition to the land which the company owns in Toronto, we have over one hundred acres of land in the suburbs, which it is our object to develop as a garden suburb.”

The Duke’s Reply.

Replying to Mr. Beer’s address His Excellency said: “I have to thank you for your kind reception and your interesting address. I have always taken the greatest interest in this subject of housing. At this moment I am chairman of the trustees of a big housing undertaking in London, England, whose efforts were among the earliest attempts made to solve this every difficult question of providing working-class housing accommodation. Very great progress has been made in England, and I am glad to see what has been done here, and will profit by the experience, and take back some additional knowledge.

“Work of this kind is of great importance to the community, as bad housing is one of the roots of and is inseparably mixed up with our big social and political problems. This work here has set up a high I standard which deserves every possible encouragement, and I will always be interested in its progress and development. I hope you will flourish, and that the success which you deserve will attend your efforts.”

There are 204 apartments in the scheme, but the Duke was shown only three, as samples of the system followed throughout. The first visited was the smallest type, consisting of three rooms at 42 Maples. The next visited was the Aberdeen apartment of five rooms. The central steam heating plant was also inspected. The Duke also bestowed some attention on the Spruce Court apartments in passing in his auto.

His Excellency, whose interest in housing schemes on his estates in England are well known on the other side of the Atlantic, had previously expressed a desire to be made thoroughly acquainted with the system adopted here and with the method of legislation. Before they left all the guests were presented with picture postal cards of the apartments.

At Parliament Buildings.

The visit of the Duke to the Parliament Buildings was not attended by any ceremony. The Duke accompanied by the Lieutenant-Governor,  Col. Henderson, Capt. Ridley and Capt. Buckley Johnston and Col. Alex. Fraser, H.D.C., arrived at the entrance of the building at 12 sharp, where he was received by Hon. W.H. Hearst, Premier, and Hon. Dr. Pyne, representing the Government by whom he was escorted to the Cabinet Council Chamber, where the other members of the Cabinet in the city. Hon. G. Howard Ferguson, Hon. T. W. McGarry, and Hon. F. G. Macdiarmid, had gathered to meet him. His Excellency then made a tour of inspection of the Government offices. He was much delighted with the Provincial Library, and took a deep interest in the display of minerals. At 12.30 he received the mascot.

Mascot Recites for Duke.

At 12.45, after the Inspection of toe building, an interesting scene occurred in the Cabinet Chamber. when Lieut.-Col. Lennox presented to the Duke. Master Walter Tuttle, the seven-year-old mascot of the 208th Irish Fusiliers Regiment. Master Tuttle. who is the son of Andrew Tuttle, 205 Simcoe street, was in a neat-fitting khaki uniform.

“He has done good work for my regiment.” said Col. Lennox, addressing the Duke. “He has even helped in recruiting,” he added.

Shaking hands with the lad, the Duke asked “How many recruits have you succeeded in getting?” “Seven.” came the quick reply.

“Can you recite?” asked the Duke.

“I can. sir.”

Then Col. Lennox lifted the lad upon the table, around which members of the Cabinet transact Government business, and Master Tuttle recited “Get Busy” in an earnest manner, concluding by singing a stanza of Rule Britannia, waving a Union Jack as he sang it.

The Duke was then introduced to the boy’s mother, who was also present.

“You ought to be proud of your boy.” he said to her.

Beginning about one o’clock a luncheon was tendered the Duke by the Government in the Speakers’ Chamber, the luncheon being attended by members of the Cabinet and chairmen of Provincial Government commissions.

In. the afternoon the General Hospital will he visited and the ducal party will have dinner at the Government House before going to Massey Hall, where the Duke will be the leading speaker.

Tuesday’s program commences with a visit to the University of Toronto for a special convocation at noon. The honorary degree of Doctor of Laws will be conferred upon the Duke as Governor-General. Before leaving England the Duke was Chancellor of the University of Leeds. Spadina Military Convalescent Hospital will be visited in the afternoon and a conference with the workers in the Toronto campaign at the central rooms. The party will return to Ottawa late in the evening.
Spruce Court apartments. - [ca. 1920]

Spruce Court apartments [1920] (City of Toronto Archives Fonds 1244, Item 10024)


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