A luxury homebuilder tore down a Toronto heritage home without a permit. What happens next could test Ontario’s heritage rules

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There’s a large pile of rubble — wood and cladding jutting out at all angles — where a handsome heritage home recently stood in the leafy, picturesque neighbourhood of Hoggs Hollow.

The owner started the demolition on the 1912 Tudor Revival-style home in the northern enclave of the city over the May long weekend without a permit, he admitted to the Star in an interview this week, and just months after the city council listed the building as a heritage home.