73 to 77 Hurontario Street

Three-unit, two-storey, dichromatic building with unusual high-level masonry (c. 1890s).

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Ground Floor – A variety of treatments, of which no. 75 is most successful, with relatively tall windows and correspondingly smaller signage band. At no. 73, flush, upper panels and curious lower windows frame suitably narrow sign, while at no. 77, fabric awning hides all, with projecting, plywood box above. Masonry stall-risers, near-corner entry, and aluminum glazing frames are out of character with neighbouring shops. Brick pilasters, one tiled and two exposed, separate units. Pilasters support profiled, wooden capitals at level of fascias.

Second Floor – Each unit comprises two bays separated by central pilaster, and masonry treatment is similar to Block 27 to north. Windows have segmental-arch top rails set below projecting, red-brick ‘keystones’ with buff-brick between. Original, 2/2 windows remain in two south bays, while no. 75 has 1/1 square-headed replacements with applied divisions. Stepped, high-level, stepped ‘pilasters’ and band course above are as at Block 27, though with stacked, dog-toothing between. Stacked dog-toothing occurs also within secondary pilasters at sides of each unit. Masonry at no. 77 has been cleaned.

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Parapets – As at Block 27, but with paired, stacked dog-toothing adjacent upper pilasters. All units have additional, central parapets framed by two small piers and capped with corbelled bricks and stone copings. At nos. 73 and 77, these are rectangular, while no. 75 has similarly framed, pediment-like, upper parapet.

South Elevation –Simcoe Street elevation with remarkable, rebuilt parapet, comprises three, unequal bays built of (cleaned) red-brick and separated by simple, full-height pilasters.

Ground Floor (south) – Corner shop-front extends around corner with materials as at Main Street. Base of wall is finished in pink, concrete render assumed to cover brick plinth with bevelled upper course. Central bay has two very wide, segmental-arch apertures with cast-stone sills and with articulated brick voussoirs composed of groups of projecting bricks. Glazing is now pair of large, vertically oriented, rectangular panes with wooden infill in spandrel. East bay has recessed entry, assumed to be an alteration, set within broad segmental arch with simple, soldier-brick voussoirs.

Second Floor (south) – Upper level has single, original, 2/2 window centred within each bay, with cast-stone sills and segmental-arch heads having articulated voussoirs as at ground floor.

Parapet (south) – Dichromatic parapet is extensively rebuilt, and presumably to match original details. Unornamented pilasters rise through decorated parapet, with minor corbelling at cast-in-situ concrete coping. Within each bay, symmetrically placed, red-brick piers corbel out from upper wall masonry, rising also through parapet with corbelling just below coping. Parapet itself has lower projecting red-brick courses with recessed buff-brick band between. Bulk of masonry above is of buff brick, with projecting, rectangular, red-brick frame within each bay, and with additional corbelled courses, having central dog-toothed band, at coping. Concrete coping is unflashed throughout.

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