Image of Royal Crest apartment building at 271 Wellington Crescent

Royal Crest Apartments

Address:271 Wellington Crescent
Architects:M.J. Thorarinson

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The Royal Crest apartments remains as an example of the smaller but well-designed apartments built in the 1930s along Wellington Crescent. It was built and owned by contractor M.J.Thorarinson with the intent to house middle class residents. When the building opened, there was an exhibition apartment furnished by T. Eaton Company. An Eatons’ ad read, "[a] beautiful, five-room apartment conveniently arranged and charmingly furnished, will be opened to visitors Monday on the second floor of the new Royal Crest Arms…. The apartment is an example of the distinctive and livable interiors Eaton decorators create.”

Constructed of red brick, with Tyndall stone trim, the prominent feature is the portico over the entrance way. Designed in a Gothic Revival style, popular in the early 20th century, it features a large pointed archon each side and simulated, stepped buttresses at the corner. The stone arch above the central window also draws upon this style.

Design Characteristics

Style:Gothic Revival
  • Red brick and Tyndall stone trim
  • Portico
  • Pointed archons
  • Stepped buttresses