McCarthy Tétrault helps local citizens win battle to protect Toronto’s historic Maclean House
July 6, 2011
Jeffrey E. Feiner
F. Paul Morrison
Toronto, July 6, 2011 — A landmark century home will be preserved and restored, thanks in part to the support that three McCarthy Tétrault lawyers gave to local residents. Jeffrey Feiner, Andrew McCutcheon and Paul Morrison have been working pro bono with the Casa Loma Residents Association (CLRA) for the last two-and-a-half years to protect Maclean House, a century-old mansion in Toronto. The area is also home to historic attractions Casa Loma and Spadina House.
The former home of Maclean’s magazine founder Colonel John B. Maclean, Maclean House was designed in 1910 by architect John Lyle, who also designed Toronto’s Union Station. In 2009, the owner planned to tear down the house and build new housing on the site. Crews began removing many of the home’s architectural features, without a demolition permit from the City of Toronto. The McCarthy Tétrault lawyers and the CLRA worked over the 2009 Christmas holidays to intervene in a court application and stop the demolition. Their intervention succeeded, as did the 2010 effort to list the house as a heritage property.
The property was then sold to a developer who has pledged to preserve and restore Maclean House. The McCarthy Tétrault team continued working with CLRA, as it reviewed and proposed changes to the new owner’s development proposal. This month, Toronto and East York Community Council approved the proposed redevelopment, and it is scheduled to be voted on by the full city council in July.
McCarthy Tétrault is proud and honoured to have contributed to the protection and restoration of part of Toronto’s unique architectural heritage, and congratulates the Casa Loma Residents Association on their hard work and perseverance.
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