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McNeel House

LAST UPDATE: December 1 2020

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AT RISK INFORMATION
At risk status:
This building is at risk

Info:

New ownership has put the future of this property into jeopardy. 

BUILDING INFORMATION
Name & Location
McNeel House
125 Sylvan Avenue
, Scarborough

First Owner:
Dr. Burdett Harrison McNeel and Helen Barbara McNeel

First Occupant:
Dr. Burdett Harrison McNeel and Helen Barbara McNeel

OTHER IDENTIFICATION
Notes:

Designed by pioneering modernist architect, and founder of Canadian Architect Magazine, James A. Murray in 1963 for Dr. Burdett Harrison McNeel and his wife Helen. 

The McNeel House sits atop the Scarborough Bluffs, it is distinguished by its flat roof, thin posts and beams, board and batten cladding and large windows. 

The interior has been remarkably maintained and features a roof pop-up with clerestory windows over a sunken living room. 

In addition to the iconic commercial buildings Murray created, he also designed many exquisite private residences many of which have since been demolished. The McNeel House remains as a rare surviving home designed by one of Canada's leading mid-century modernist architects. 

Status:
Completed

Year Completed:
1963

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Companies:
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BUILDING DATA
Type:
Detached house

Current use:
Residential

Heritage:
Heritage property

Main Style:

Sources:

Sources

  1. Mid-century Modern on the Bluffs
    Author - Dave LeBlanc, The Globe & Mail
    Date - Jan. 25th, 2018
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  2. House Hunting in Toronto: An Original Midcentury-Modern for $1.6 Million
    Author - Michael Kaminer, New York Times
    Date - Feb. 12th, 2020
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