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Annesley Hall National Historic Site of Canada

95 Queen's Park Crescent, Toronto, Ontario, M5S, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1990/11/16

General view of Annesley Hall showing the richly coloured and textured materials including the red-brick exterior facing with stone trim, 1994.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, J Butterill, 1994.
General view
Detail view of Annesley Hall showing the finishes and decoration illustrating Tudor-Revival-style decor, 1994.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, J Butterill, 1994.
Detail view
Detail view of Annesley Hall, showing the steeply pitched roof punctuated by prominent Flemish gables and dormers, 1994.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, J Butterill, 1994.
Detail view

Other Name(s)

Annesley Hall National Historic Site of Canada
Annesley Hall
Annesley Hall

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1902/01/01 to 1903/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/12/01

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Annesley Hall is a handsome red-brick student residence on the campus of the University of Toronto located in downtown Toronto, Ontario. The building embodies the qualities of the Queen Anne Revival style as it was expressed in institutional design, in which bold compositions of steep roofs, prominent gables, richly coloured and textured materials, and a wide variety of historicist details are used to lend charm and domestic warmth to large, institutional structures. The designation refers to the building on its legal lot as of 1990.

Heritage Value

Annesley Hall was designated a national historic site because it is a particularly good example of the Queen Anne Revival style, as expressed in institutional architecture.

Designed by architect G. M. Miller, and built in 1902-1903, Annesley Hall was the first purpose-built womens’ residence on a Canadian university campus. The building continues in its original use, having been renovated in 1988.

Source: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Minutes, November 1990.

Character-Defining Elements

Aspects of this site which contribute to its heritage values include:
- those elements which speak to the Queen Anne Revival style as manifest in institutional architecture, namely the richly coloured and textured materials including the red-brick exterior facing with stone trim; the irregular composition featuring an asymmetrical elevation, steeply pitched roof punctuated by prominent Flemish gables and dormers, varied fenestration including banks of Tudor-style windows - all features used to create a domestic air to institutional purposes;
- evidence of the original interior layout, finishes and decoration as they illustrate Tudor-Revival-style decor, particularly in major public areas such as the dining hall and entry foyer.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Historic Sites and Monuments Act

Recognition Type

National Historic Site of Canada

Recognition Date

1990/11/16

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Education and Social Well-Being
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Education
Post-Secondary Institution

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

528

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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