So how did the stately houses end up on the edge of a former working-class village?
The explanation is simple. By the time the houses on Princess Anne Avenue were built in the late 1890s and early 1900s, Union Hill’s streets were graded and its most precarious ravines filled in. And the prospect of enjoying breathtaking views of the city – with an easy streetcar commute, no less – were too great for wealthy homebuyers to turn down.
- SEE ALSO: The Union Hill Historic District