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Municipal Heritage Committee, Cornwall Ontario

A Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Project

Listing of Properties Built Pre- Confederation

As a tribute to the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Heritage-Patrimoine Cornwall wishes to focus attention on some of the local buildings constructed pre/circa 1867 in Cornwall. The original owners and people who subsequently lived in these homes were quite often prominent citizens.

Occasionally the materials from one structure were repurposed to another. For example, it may not be known that building materials from St. John’s Presbyterian Church originally located on Pitt Street upon being demolished were used to build the house at 121,123,125 Adolphus St. in 1860. The house is now divided into 3 separate apartments.

Many of the City’s designated heritage buildings in Cornwall were built prior to 1867. Chesley’s Inn, the Grammar School, Cline House, the Court House, and Wood House/Museum are examples of properties that have been designated.

An inventory prepared by Heritage–Patrimoine Cornwall shows properties and the year they were constructed. Each week we will post a different building with relevant information about the property.

125, 129 First Street East. Andrew Hodge House was originally built for Dr. William Bruce and his wife the former Mary Alguire. Awarded a patent by the crown in 1808, Bruce returned to his wife from the war in 1812 in which he served as a lieutenant and constructed the house soon after. Bruce was a renowned physician; one of Cornwall’s earliest Doctors, and had a thriving medical practice. He was involved in the construction of Trinity Church. The house stayed in the Bruce family until 1857 when it was sold to Andrew Hodge, owner of Stormont Cotton Mill. The original home was distinguished by a gabled roof, with corbelled cornice, projecting eaves and exposed rafters and two storey projecting bay with cone shaped roof. A two storey open verandah was supported by the lower verandah’s wood columns and rails. With the passing of time the elegant country home went through diverse changes.

33 First Street East. According to the 1861 Census, George Carleton Wood owned two acres of land on which stood a brick building of two stories high and considered one of the finest homes in Cornwall. The original brick structure rises two stories from its stone foundation to a medium hip roof. A centre gable accentuates the roof and likely marks the front entrance that is no longer distinguishable because of the extension made to the entrance. The east façade is the only exterior wall that is somewhat original. Formerly the Carleton Hotel, the original attributes can be seen in this early picture. Today it sits empty waiting for a new owner to restore the façade to its original beauty. Who knows what lies beneath the black cement block façade?

9 first Street East. Originally built in 1860’s as a simple two story brick structure, it has sustained many renovations and a close call to demolition from an accident in which a vehicle collided with the front facade. The building has served a variety of functions throughout the years. It was first used as a shoemaker’s domain, then a furniture store, a paint shop, a tailor shop and currently houses the restaurant known as “Ye Old English Fish N’ Chip Shop.” The original red brick is now clad in siding which hides the decorative half-round multipaned window at the attic level of the south façade. The shop is a good example of early buildings established in Cornwall.

121, 123, 125 Adolphus Street. This home was built in 1860 from materials salvaged from old St. John’s Presbyterian Church. The crown patent for this property was issued in the early 1800’s to Simon Fraser who sold it to Archibald MacLean in 1835. Archibald MacLean sold it to James Leitch in 1881.

Gothic bargeboards and a bay window with gable roof structure are a few of the architectural elements found on this house. A tall tower rises from the central entrance hall and ascends to a bell-cast roof and spire. The main entrance, located at the base of the tower, is composed of double leaves and a flat, double glazed transom.

115, 115 ½ Adolphus Street. Built in the 1860’s. The crown patent for this property was issued to John Carpenter in 1847. Records indicate he sold it to Archibald MacLean a barrister of law between 1847 and 1883. This imposing two storey brick home is characterized by a delicate curved verandah and porch. The wood structure is enhanced by spindle work below the entablature and square piers rise to become carved brackets supporting the eaves. A second storey balcony has the same detailing as the lower verandah. A remarkable aspect of the main facade is a rectangular, two storey bay, that is projected away from the main structure. The main doorway, located just below the front balcony, is composed of two paneled doors that are each partly glazed with four panes of glass.

Community Heritage Ontario - Award Recipient Debbie Ledoux

Debbie Ledoux of Heritage - Patrimoine Cornwall received the Community Heritage Ontario Service award for her longstanding contribution to Cornwall ' s municipal heritage committee. The award was presented at the 2017 Ontario Heritage Conference gala dinner held at the Canadian Museum of Nature Friday June 9.

Left to right: Debbie Ledoux, Wayne Morgan president of CHO and André Ledoux.
Congratulations Debbie and thanks for all your work!

Heritage Patrimoine Cornwall Heritage Awards

On May 22, 2017 Heritage Patrimoine Cornwall gave the first Heritage Awards in recognition of individuals and groups who go the extra mile to preserve their properties. This will hopefully become and annual event. The Awards were presented at the Mayor's Picnic in Lamoureux Park.Thank you to all our winners. See you next year!

The recipients were::

Boys and Girls Club 506 First St….Former Church of Good Shepherd

Timo and James Edney- Lepage @ 229 Sydney St

Upper Canada District School Board- Trustee David MacDonald - Central Public School

Robert Prowse- Chesley’s Inn

Certificates of Recognition:

Tartan Home Comfort- Eric MacDonald for Chesley’s Inn

Bourgon Construction-Dick Markell for Central Public

Porter’s Historical Restoration- Glen Porter for Central Public, Boys and Girls Club and Chesley’s Inn

Menard Bros. & Associates- Guy Menard for Boys and Girls Club

Colbourne & Kembel Architects (Kingston) for Central Public

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport - update to Info Sheet 

Due to the need for guidance about how the municipal register provisions of the Ontario Heritage Act apply to provincially owned properties, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has updated the relevant InfoSheet. Please find attached the newly updated InfoSheet, The Municipal Register of Heritage Properties”.   

The new version clarifies the purpose of the municipal register, updates some of the language surrounding the use of the register, and provides further guidance on the benefits of using the register as a planning and commemoration tool.

The Register of Cultural Heritage Properties of value or interest in the City of Cornwall as recently been updated by Heritage-Patrimoine Cornwall. To consult the register click here.  

Cornwall's Old Post Office - Stones Installation in Lamoureux Park  

The amazing life of our Post Office Stones - 131 year old stones in excellent condition despite being knocked over by the wrecking ball, fell to the ground, dumped as land fill, found and moved around a few times...here they are getting fitted for a bracket that will hold them in the display pods in Lamoureux Park. The workmanship and carving are outstanding.   The four stones were uncovered in a landfill in 2010.

Located at the northwest corner of Pitt St. and Second St. the post office was used between 1883 and 1955. Photo courtesy of the Cornwall Community Museum taken the 1950's. The stones placed in the display pods will further commemorate this beautiful building. This photo shows where the four stones on display were located on the buidling.