December 8, 2016: Past Neighbours #8; 78 Forward Avenue.
December 8, 2016: Past Neighbours #8;
78 Forward Avenue.
By Maureen Cullingham.
This is the 8th in a series showing houses gone from Mechanicsville. The area is bounded by Scott Street to the south and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to the north, between Parkdale and Bayview avenues.
This photo of 78 Forward Avenue was taken in the early 1970s. This house, along with others at the north end of Forward and on Emmerson Avenue, was demolished in 1986 to make way for a condominium building, address 44 Emmerson.
Names of occupants of 78 Forward beginning in 1912 include Morin, Blais, Lafleur, Papineau, Robillard, Charbonneau and the last family, Stroud. See the online version of Newswest for a photo of what stands there now, a part of 44 Emmerson.
Dave Allston, in his blog The Kitchissippi Museum, recently published a very detailed, exhaustive article on the history of Forward Avenue. Here is what he had to say in general: “At its peak in the early 50s, there were approximately 71 houses on the street (including a couple of businesses). Of those 71, only 20 remain. So while all of the streets in Mechanicsville and Hintonburg have been affected be redevelopment, none has been harder hit than Forward.”
To view Dave Allston’s article on Forward Avenue, go to http://kitchissippimuseum.blogspot.ca/search?q=forward The article includes a lot of information on the history of this unique neighborhood. According to his research, the still-standing house at 134 Forward is likely the oldest house in Mechanicsville, built in 1872. This house and buildings to its north and south were recently offered for sale as part of a land assembly that also includes one of the few remaining houses on Parkdale Avenue.
This 8th installment concludes this little series for Newswest, which began earlier this year. You can always view past issues on-line. The other houses covered were:
- 28 Burnside,
- 72 Carruthers,
- 154 & 156 Forward,
- 149 Hinchey,
- 201 Parkdale,
- 75 & 77 Lyndale, and
- 53 Carruthers.
It has been a pleasure to delve into the history of Mechanicsville and share some old images.
Photo Caption: 78 Forward Avenue as it appeared in the early 1970s Photo by Marilyn Rodney (née Stroud)
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Photo Caption:78 Forward as it appears today. Photo by Maureen Cullingham 2016.