Turns out I'd come upon Spruce Court, in my wandering about Cabbagetown. Remarkable architectural styling for what was clearly low-cost housing complex: Tudor Revival/English cottage style, with craftsman inspired steep pitched roofs, tall chimneys, banks of casement windows. Courtyards, green spaces.
Spruce Court was the creation of Eden Smith, an enormously influential architect in Toronto in the early decades of the 20th century. Of Birmingham, England, Smith was one of the founding members of the Arts and Letters Club (just mentioning the name conjures that iconic photo of the Group of Seven members in the club's Edwardian splendour).
|The 1913 addition - cricket anyone?
Spruce Court was the first social housing complex in Toronto (Regent Park, you missed something).
Later, this block-square enclave of well-designed homes was converted to a co-op housing complex. Still looks like a pretty good place to live.
McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg).
|The Studio Building, 1914
Canadian Encyclopedia - Doug Brown photo
The Canadian Encyclopedia considers Eden Smith "one of the most original and artistic architects working in Toronto in the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first two decades of the 20th." Who am I to argue?