Historic Oakville house being removed from cultural heritage value list

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Published November 28, 2023 at 11:13 am

A home on the heritage list is expected to be removed after the owners made an application to Oakville Town Council.

The home at 1312 Lakeshore Rd. E. is currently for sale and removal from the Oakville Register of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest would allow its future demolition, should the new owners desire.

The property contains a detached house and is located on the south side of Lakeshore Rd., directly adjacent to Gairloch Gardens in southeast Oakville.

According to a report at the Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee, the property is not considered to have significant cultural heritage value and therefore does not merit designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.

The property was listed on the Oakville Register of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest as a non-designated property in 2009 based on its potential cultural heritage value or interest for its c.1930s vernacular frame house and for its associations with the MacKendrick family who owned the property now known as Gairloch Gardens.

However, more detailed research concludes that, while the building does retain some of its Tudor Revival influences associated with the former MacKendrick estate, the house has been heavily altered and is on longer a representative example of this style.

It further notes that the house does not display a high degree of craftsmanship or artistic merit and does not demonstrate a high degree of technical or scientific achievement.

In terms of historical/associative value, the report indicates the property is associated with Clara Georgina MacKendrick and her two husbands, but that individually they did not make a significant contribution to the community.

Further, the report notes that there is no evidence that the property has potential to yield significant information about a community or culture, and it is not known to be associated with a significant architect, artist, builder, designer or theorist.

Staff recommends the owner allow for the salvaging of architectural elements of the buildings, such as the stone from the chimney. It is a standard practice to include salvaging as a condition as it allows for the retention and re-use of these materials and keeps these items from going to the landfill.

The final decision will be made at next week’s regular council meeting.

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