Historic Milton home will be granted heritage designation


Published February 12, 2024 at 1:56 pm

An historic house on Martin St. in Milton is expected to receive official heritage designation at tonight’s (Feb. 12) Town Council meeting.

The two-storey red brick dwelling at 168 Martin St. was built by Thomas Coxe in 1894. The brick was from the local brickyards, which had been in operation for only a few years.

Coxe was a lumber dealer and retained one of the last sawmills in the area, until about 1930. Along with the lumber business, he sold firewood to local residents and industries.

He sold the property in 1899 to the Coates family after his wife died.

According to a staff report recommending its protection, the two-story brick house is a good representation of the Victorian-era Neo-Gothic style house. It has a cross-gable roof with three brick chimneys. The front elevation features decorative gable pediments and barge boards.

The paired windows are tall one-over-one wood windows with moulded trims, topped with unique segmented arch brick headers with protruding extrados. Ornamental wooden shutters flank the right and left sides of the paired windows on the ground and second floor. The exterior running bond bricks are likely from the Milton brickyard.

An attached garage and rear addition were added to the house in 2007, and a side addition was made in 2012. These additions are tastefully done, and the design is sympathetic to the original house.

The property’s current owner has voluntarily responded to the heritage designation program and desires that their property be designated.

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