Davenport and The Hill

Davenport was one of the first of many mansions built on the escarpment which now overlooks Davenport Avenue. John McGill built the first home there in the late 1790's, naming it after Major Davenport who served with him at Fort York. Colonel Joseph Wells bought Davenport in 1821 and built a larger home. The Wells family lived in Davenport until it was sold in 1913 when the house was demolished and the land subdivided for houses.

The escarpment created by the old shoreline of Lake Iroquois was a natural dividing line as Toronto grew. There has been an east/west route for many years running just south of the escarpment - first a portage trail from the Humber River to the Don river, then a road known as Plank Road, and finally Davenport Ave. The mansions and grand homes on "Davenport Hill" or just "The Hill" overlooked the lake and the growing city. Running from west to east, the following houses and estates graced "The Hill" over the years:

 
 

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1894 Historic photo from 1894 - Davenport - Wells Residence, n. of Davenport Rd., e. of Bathurst St. - built in the 1820s in The AnnexDavenport - Wells Residence, n. of Davenport Rd., e. of Bathurst St. - built in the 1820s
123 years ago - The Annex - 1894
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1900 Historic photo from 1900 - Davenport -  built by Colonel Joseph Wells in the 1820s, demolished 1913. North/east of Bathurst and Davenport in The AnnexDavenport - built by Colonel Joseph Wells in the 1820s, demolished 1913. North/east of Bathurst and Davenport
117 years ago - The Annex - 1900
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)