The LRA is launching a project to collect photographs, artwork, and other images about the community of Leaside, with a view to featuring them on this website. An example is below! Please fill out our contact form and we’ll provide you with additional details.

William Lea House

  • This unique house (photograph below), the first octagonal house in the Toronto area, was described by William Lea, “…like a bee’s cell, it enclosed the greatest amount of space within the least amount of wall.”
  • It was located close to where Leaside Memorial Gardens stand today.
  • In 1913, the Canadian National Railway set fire to the original “Leaside” house. It took all day to burn due to the magnificent pine woodwork with not a single knot in it.
William Lea House