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1994
SANDSTONE CITY GEM

Doll Block, 116 Stephen Ave SE

The Doll Block building is extensively restored and awarded a Community Heritage Plaque. The building was constructed of locally quarried sandstone in 1907 by Toronto businessman Louis Henry Doll to house his jewellery shop, Doll’s Diamond Palace. Following the tragic death of his young daughter that same year, Doll closed his business and leased the space to his apprentice who, in 1910, fell victim to the biggest diamond heist of the day. No word on whether the building’s second-floor ghost – said to be Doll’s wife, who sits at the curved bay window – was disturbed by the modern renovation.