Saturday, May 17, 2008

1864 Ontario Farmhouse

Built in 1864 (that’s OLD for this part of Ontario), this is an intact example of a mid-nineteenth century farmhouse common to this area.

East Gwillimbury Town Council recognizes this building’s historical and architectural value and intends to designate this property (including all the farm buildings) as such under the Ontario Heritage Act…just in time, as malls are expanding eastward at a frightening pace towards this farm. This means, the farm stays…but developers can build around it.
The architectural style and proportions of the house reflect a typical centre-gabled 1½-storey dwelling built of red and yellow brick a century and a half ago. At the back is a board-and-batten woodshed with a small belfry, which…oops!...you can’t see. I took the photo from the road -- a busy road at that with cars and trucks whizzing by.

Saving this house really is a just-in-time effort.

6 comments:

Rose said...

I am so glad it is going to be designated as a historical building...sometimes I hate to think about all the good ground that is under concrete and asphalt.

the teach said...

That house is a beauty, EG! I love your photos here and on "Picture This!" :D

dot said...

It's a nice looking house. I'm so glad it will not be destroyed.

Kris McCracken said...

It must have been well built, because it is in wonderful condition. Nice to see it from different angles too!

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful farm--I am so glad it will be designated historical. Too bad the fast growing malls will surround it. MB

Old Wom Tigley said...

It is a beautiful farmhouse and I glad it to see it being cared for.

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