Berkeley House (John Small house)

Berkeley House stood on the corner of King Street East and Berkeley St. in Toronto's Corktown neighbourhood. Major John Small, Clerk of the Crown purchased the property on August 31, 1795 for $50 from carpenter George Porterbuilt. The original log cabin was already on the property when it was purchased, and the building was expanded and improved over the years by the Small family. Recently the foundation was unearthed as the site is being redeveloped.

Major Small famously killed the Attorney General, John White in a duel on January 3rd, 1800. His son, Charles Small, enlarged and modernized Berkeley House, adding Gothic style windows, and stuccoing over the original logs. For a time it was "one of the social centres of Toronto" but as industry moved into the neighbourhood the house fell into disrepair, and was torn down in 1925. Construction of a new Globe and Mail building on the site resulted in the foundation being unearthed in 2012.

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1802 Historic photo from 1802 - A sketch shewing the land occupied by John Small Esqr. upon the reserve appropriated for the Government House at York, by his Excellency Lt. Gov Simcoe in CorktownA sketch shewing the land occupied by John Small Esqr. upon the reserve appropriated for the Government House at York, by his Excellency Lt. Gov Simcoe
215 years ago - Corktown - 1802
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1885 Historic photo from 1885 - Oldest part of Berkeley House with twin gables on the right, addition on the left in CorktownOldest part of Berkeley House with twin gables on the right, addition on the left
132 years ago - Corktown - 1885
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1900 Historic photo from 1900 - Dinning room at Berkeley House - King and Berkeley St. - long table, fireplace, and wallpaper in CorktownDinning room at Berkeley House - King and Berkeley St. - long table, fireplace, and wallpaper
117 years ago - Corktown - 1900
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1908 Historic photo from 1908 - Berkeley House, King Street East and Berkeley St. - log cabin built 1794, Gothic style windows and stucco added, demolished in 1920s in CorktownBerkeley House, King Street East and Berkeley St. - log cabin built 1794, Gothic style windows and stucco added, demolished in 1920s
109 years ago - Corktown - 1908
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Painting of Berkeley House based on a pencil sketch made by Mrs. C. Small in 1830 - King and Berkeley in CorktownPainting of Berkeley House based on a pencil sketch made by Mrs. C. Small in 1830 - King and Berkeley
105 years ago - Corktown - 1912
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1912 Historic photo from 1912 - Watercolour reproduced in Landmarks of Toronto v.1 of Berkeley House, based on an 1888 photo in CorktownWatercolour reproduced in Landmarks of Toronto v.1 of Berkeley House, based on an 1888 photo
105 years ago - Corktown - 1912
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1924 Historic photo from 1924 - Berkeley House for sale and in disrepair next to advertising in CorktownBerkeley House for sale and in disrepair next to advertising
93 years ago - Corktown - 1924
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1925 Historic photo from 1925 - Berkeley House for sale - ads for Bon Ton nail polish, Wondershine silver cleaner, and Stickfast wallpaper paste in CorktownBerkeley House for sale - ads for Bon Ton nail polish, Wondershine silver cleaner, and Stickfast wallpaper paste
92 years ago - Corktown - 1925
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)