Benvenuto

Simeon Janes, one of Toronto's earliest property developers (he created Toronto's Annex neighbourhood), hired the architect Stanford White (who designed Madison Square Gardens) to design his mansion. It was built in 1888, of "limestone, with deep windows and a red-tiled roof [giving it] a massive, Norman appearance." The front gate was custom made in Italy, and the name of the house means Welcome in Italian. The house was richly decorated, including some Art Nouveau murals on the billiard room walls by muralist and interior decorator Gustav Hahn.

William Mackenzie, a railway-magnate, then bought and expanded the house in 1897. It stood until 1924 when the house was sold for $240,000 and demolished to make way for more apartment buildings.

Benvenuto is just one of the many estates that have stood along "The Davenport Hill" in Toronto.

 
 

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1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Music room at Benvenuto - piano,  guitar, and music stand in South HillMusic room at Benvenuto - piano, guitar, and music stand
127 years ago - South Hill - 1890
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Looking s. from S. H. Janes Benvenuto - Avenue Rd. at left, Cottingham St. running across centre in South HillLooking s. from S. H. Janes Benvenuto - Avenue Rd. at left, Cottingham St. running across centre
127 years ago - South Hill - 1890
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Wonderful carved doors upstairs in Benvenuto - interior photo in South HillWonderful carved doors upstairs in Benvenuto - interior photo
127 years ago - South Hill - 1890
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Benvenuto in the snow - built for Simeon Janes in South HillBenvenuto in the snow - built for Simeon Janes
127 years ago - South Hill - 1890
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Billiards room in Benvenuto in South HillBilliards room in Benvenuto
127 years ago - South Hill - 1890
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Looking down from the stairs to fireplace and rugs - Benvenuto interior in South HillLooking down from the stairs to fireplace and rugs - Benvenuto interior
127 years ago - South Hill - 1890
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Ornate woodwork in a grand hallway of Benvenuto just west of Avenue Road in South HillOrnate woodwork in a grand hallway of Benvenuto just west of Avenue Road
127 years ago - South Hill - 1890
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Dining room at Benvenuto - one of the tapestries is 'Winter' 11'6" x 6'-2" -11'-7 1/2 x 2'6" in South HillDining room at Benvenuto - one of the tapestries is 'Winter' 11'6" x 6'-2" -11'-7 1/2 x 2'6"
127 years ago - South Hill - 1890
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Bas relief, art, and fountain in the conservatory at Benvenuto in South HillBas relief, art, and fountain in the conservatory at Benvenuto
127 years ago - South Hill - 1890
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1890 Historic photo from 1890 - Lodge at Benvenuto - Avenue Road, w. side, s. of Edmund Ave in South HillLodge at Benvenuto - Avenue Road, w. side, s. of Edmund Ave
127 years ago - South Hill - 1890
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1909 Historic photo from 1909 - Path leading up to Benvenuto on the west side of Avenue Road in South HillPath leading up to Benvenuto on the west side of Avenue Road
108 years ago - South Hill - 1909
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Women on the paths and steps of the garden at Benvenuto in South HillWomen on the paths and steps of the garden at Benvenuto
107 years ago - South Hill - 1910
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Garden at Benvenuto with path and fountain in South HillGarden at Benvenuto with path and fountain
107 years ago - South Hill - 1910
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - Noel Marshall, Lady Mann, Mrs. McGregor Young, and other women outside Benvenuto in South HillNoel Marshall, Lady Mann, Mrs. McGregor Young, and other women outside Benvenuto
107 years ago - South Hill - 1910
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1911 Historic photo from 1911 - Side view of Benvenuto showing brick construction in South HillSide view of Benvenuto showing brick construction
106 years ago - South Hill - 1911
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1911 Historic photo from 1911 - Iron gates at Benvenuto on Avenue Road - the home of Sir William MacKenzie in South HillIron gates at Benvenuto on Avenue Road - the home of Sir William MacKenzie
106 years ago - South Hill - 1911
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Group with fortune teller at a Benvenuto garden party in South HillGroup with fortune teller at a Benvenuto garden party
105 years ago - South Hill - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1934 Historic photo from 1934 - Looking west through a side gate at Benvenuto in South HillLooking west through a side gate at Benvenuto
83 years ago - South Hill - 1934
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)