James Cooper House

Still standing on the west side of Sherbourne just south of Bloor Street East is the James Cooper Mansion. Built in 1881, the house is of the Second Empire architectural style with a distinctive mansard (double-gable) roof. (See the City of Toronto Reasons for Designation of 582 Sherbourne Street PDF for details on why the house is designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.) Mr Cooper was a founder of Sessions, Carpenter and Company, manufacturer and importers of shoes and boots.

Over time, Sherbourne lost its high end status, and the house was sold to the Keeley Institute for Nervous Diseases (helping people with alcohol and substance abuse problems). In 1910 it was sold to the Toronto Knights of Columbus who built an assembly hall connected to the house.

Most recently, the entire property was sold to the Tridel development corporation who moved the 800 ton house east towards Sherbourne to make room for the 32 storey tower which they named "James Cooper Mansion".

 
 

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1956 Historic photo from Sunday, May 20, 1956 - James Cooper Mansion - Sherbourne St., n.w. corner Linden St. in Upper JarvisJames Cooper Mansion - Sherbourne St., n.w. corner Linden St.
61 years ago - Upper Jarvis - Sunday, May 20, 1956
Max temp: 9.4°C - Min temp: 2.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
2008 Historic photo from Friday, August 1, 2008 - James Cooper Mansion - Moving History - Tridel moving the house towards Sherbourne in Upper JarvisJames Cooper Mansion - Moving History - Tridel moving the house towards Sherbourne
9 years ago - Upper Jarvis - Friday, August 1, 2008
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location
2008 Historic photo from Monday, December 15, 2008 - James Cooper Mansion Moving onto Transfer Slab - time lapse in Upper JarvisJames Cooper Mansion Moving onto Transfer Slab - time lapse
9 years ago - Upper Jarvis - Monday, December 15, 2008
Max temp: °C - Min temp: °C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location