Half House: Toronto Building Split Down The Middle A Byproduct Of History

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A lot of people probably do double-takes when they walk past 24-1/2 St. Patrick Street in Toronto. It's as if aliens beamed up half the historical 1890s duplex, leaving a mind-boggling empty space where half the building once stood. (Photo: Michael Bolen/The Huffington Post Canada) | HuffPost Canada
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A lot of people probably do double-takes when they walk past 54-1/2 St. Patrick Street in Toronto. It's as if aliens beamed up half the historical 1890s duplex, leaving a mind-boggling empty space where half the building once stood.

Of course, that's not what happened. According to BlogTO, half the building still stands because back in the 1950s its owner refused to sell to a developer who bought all the neighbouring properties for redevelopment.

So the building remains, "marooned opposite a concrete surface parking garage and snuggled tight against a major housing development," as BlogTO describes it.

The building recently got a lot of attention on the social site Reddit, where a user posted a picture of it under the title "Rough Divorce." Another Redditor described it as "the best halfway house ever."

Would you move into Toronto's "Half House"? Let us know in the comments below.

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