The house that faces backwards

The Morris farmhouse at 5507 101A Ave was built around 100 years ago. (According to the City’s property assessment, it dates to at least 1924, but there is evidence to suggest it was built before WWI.) In the mid-1950s, when the Fulton Place neighbourhood was being planned, this – and a few other early structures – were incorporated into the street grid. However, because the house was oriented toward the main thoroughfare, Clover Bar Road (today’s 101 Ave), the back of the house became the front of the house.

The painting of the farm by Eric Bishop shows us what the house looked like from Clover Bar Road in the 1930s:

Painting by Eric Bishop; Digital reproduction by KJC Photography; image ©2014 Fulton Place Community League

Painting by Eric Bishop; Digital reproduction by KJC Photography; Image ©2014 Fulton Place Community League

Today, when walking through the back lane, you can catch a glimpse of the original front of the home:

Photo by KJC Photography; Image ©2014 Fulton Place Community League

Photo by KJC Photography; Image ©2014 Fulton Place Community League

While the front-facing part of the home is a little more unassuming:

Photo by KJC Photography; Image ©2014 Fulton Place Community League

Photo by KJC Photography; Image ©2014 Fulton Place Community League

So, if you were coming to visit, which door would you come to?

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Eric and Jean Bishop on meeting Morris family members

In this excerpt from our oral history interview, Eric and Jean Bishop talk about meeting the children of Charles and Lizzie Morris — Marjorie, Andrew and Beatrice — who grew up in the historic house the Bishops now call home.

For sale: the oldest house in Fulton Place

Jean and Eric Bishop at the Morris/Bishop residence. Credit: KJC Photography

Jean and Eric Bishop at the Morris/Bishop residence. Credit: KJC Photography

The Fulton Place Community League Heritage Committee has been watching closely as the owners of the oldest house in Fulton Place have listed the property for sale. We are so grateful to the long-time owners, Eric and Jean Bishop, for opening their doors and sharing so much with us and, in turn, the whole community. In addition to raising a family and creating their own memories in the house, they have been keen students and proud guardians of its history.

We are excited to continue sharing videos, pictures, and stories relating to the house in the weeks and months to come.

Here is a link to the real estate listing for the property.