John Robert Colombo has shared his discovery of a remarkable site by an equally remarkable man. Paul Gilbert has made himself an expert on Russia’s Romanovs.
Of particular interest to me was the Toronto connection to the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna. She escaped Russia when Bolsheviks assassinated most of the Russian Imperial family in 1918. Her first refuge was Denmark, but postwar dangers forced her to seek asylum in Canada. Fascinating tale. As it happened, she died in a tiny apartment above a beauty salon at 716 Gerrard Street East… a few blocks from the first house Danica and I bought. [See map below] We walked by that little building many, many times, oblivious to its history.
Google Street View shot. The Grand Duchess expired in the small apartment upstairs. The building still exists.