2605 Herschel Street

2605 Herschel Street (Before House)

This classic home, which features massive columns and a large verandah, was built in 1911 for David Leon, an insurance company manager at the May-Cohens department store. But when Donny Mak purchased the house, the house had been vacant for more than 20 years. (The previous owner, who never lived in the home, had hoped to undertake repairs—and even featured it, gutted, as the“Before” house on the 2006 RAP Spring Tour of Homes—but faced continual setbacks in his restoration efforts.) Fortunately, Donny and his partner, who live in the historic area with their dog Lilly, have several award-winning restorations under their belt. They are eager to bring the home back to life, noting it has “great bones and so much character.”