That article was a follow-on to my published article in the Kitchissppi Times on the Richmond Road toll house which used to stand next to it for many years:
The Bella's house is significant because it is the last remaining vestige in this area of what Richmond Road originally was (the original road west, the first maintained road, a toll road, a country road line with the impressive estates and villas of some of the area's most esteemed residents of the era). The loss of Bella's marks a true end of that era for Richmond Road/Wellington in the Wellington Village area.
I searched hard in 2015 for a photo of the old toll house to use in my articles, but was unsuccessful. However, within the last few weeks, I acquired an amazing archive of local history photos and documents, and included in it, was a photo from 1911-1912, of the toll house! So I am happy to be able to share that today below. Keep in mind, the toll house would have stood almost at the corner of what is today Island Park Drive.
|Richmond Road toll house, circa 1911-1912.
Pictured is toll master Richard Bassett and likely his wife.
Here is the 1920 photo of Bella's that I've shared previously. Note there would have been a house in between the toll house and Bella's (which I have yet to find a photo of as well!)
|O'Neil House in 1920 (now Bella's) on Wellington West
Always a good feeling to find a much-sought after photo!