The Half House Toronto

Image by Astoria Luzzi

The Half House – Architectural illusion

A quick jaunt down St. Patrick Street in downtown Toronto can bring you to this architectural illusion of ‘the half house’. It’s easy to miss – but from the right angle this strange home makes for a fun photo op. 54 1/2 St. Patrick Street was built in the early 1890s, along with six identical row houses.

Over the years, developers began buying up property throughout the neighbourhood. Each row house was comprised of two units and eventually all but one owner had decided to sell – leaving the predicament of maintaining only 1/2 of the final house. With some impressive demolition skill – one side of the house was removed, surprisingly leaving the final half in good condition.

As of mid-2018, the half-house has undergone an external renovation and now looks a lot more modern than it once did.

Although it is not accessible to the public – passers-by can take in this visually confusing house from the street. It is conveniently located just a short walking distance from both the Art Gallery of Ontario and the previously featured restaurant Sin & Redemption.

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Details about this spot



Saint Patrick Street 54, Toronto

Opening Times

24 hours daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)