Half Way House

Alexander Thompson built this two storey Georgian inn between 1847 and 1848 as a resting place for stage coach passengers. Around it grew the small town of Mortlake (established in 1865). The building served as a hotel, then an apartment building, and finally stores were opened on the main floor (the Bluffs Smoke Shop was a long-time tennant, with The Midland Bargain Centre in 1950 replaced by Albert Christensen's television, radio, and appliance repair shop in 1952 which was then replaced with a paint store by 1953).

Somewhere along the way it lost its two storey front porch, but retained the center door with small windows on either side, and its two pairs of chimneys on either end of the building. It was eventually dismantled in 1962, moved to Black Creek Pioneer Village and rebuilt in 1966 where it stands today.

 
 

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1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Half Way House Hotel, Kingston Rd., n.w. corner Midland Ave. in CliffsideHalf Way House Hotel, Kingston Rd., n.w. corner Midland Ave.
107 years ago - Cliffside - 1910
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Half Way House Hotel - boys and bikes outside in CliffsideHalf Way House Hotel - boys and bikes outside
105 years ago - Cliffside - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Half Way House Inn, Kingston Rd., n.w. cor. Midland Ave. with horse drawn carriage in CliffsideHalf Way House Inn, Kingston Rd., n.w. cor. Midland Ave. with horse drawn carriage
105 years ago - Cliffside - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1918 Historic photo from 1918 - Half Way House Hotel on Kingston Road - people waiting out front in CliffsideHalf Way House Hotel on Kingston Road - people waiting out front
99 years ago - Cliffside - 1918
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1920 Historic photo from 1920 - Half-Way House Hotel, Kingston Road - moved to Black Creek Pioneer Village in CliffsideHalf-Way House Hotel, Kingston Road - moved to Black Creek Pioneer Village
97 years ago - Cliffside - 1920
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1924 Historic photo from Saturday, July 5, 1924 - Half Way House Hotel - with two story front porch in CliffsideHalf Way House Hotel - with two story front porch
93 years ago - Cliffside - Saturday, July 5, 1924
Max temp: 24.4°C - Min temp: 16.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1926 Historic photo from Friday, July 30, 1926 - Half-Way House Hotel - built 1848 by Alexander Thompson in CliffsideHalf-Way House Hotel - built 1848 by Alexander Thompson
91 years ago - Cliffside - Friday, July 30, 1926
Max temp: 25.6°C - Min temp: 15.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1952 Historic photo from Monday, April 7, 1952 - Halfway House in disrepair - wing at rear in CliffsideHalfway House in disrepair - wing at rear
65 years ago - Cliffside - Monday, April 7, 1952
Max temp: 4.4°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)