Item 2017-04-01-03 - 79 Holland Street West

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79 Holland Street West


  • 1996 (Creation)

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The building located at 79 Holland St. West (on the northeast corner of Holland and Church Streets) was built in the Gothic Revival style around 1890-1910. Wilton Johnson and Irwin Ray, retired farmers, once lived in this house. Wilton worked for years for the Clubines. The previous owner was a tombstone maker who sold tombstones throughout all of Simcoe County.
The two-storey, ‘L’-shaped building has a medium-pitched, gable roof with a gable dormer. This is a typical Gothic Revival feature. Uncharacteristically, however, the dormer eaves do not align with the main roof eaves. A broad, hipped, Regency-like porch roof is supported by an eclectic mixture of forms (including a broad cornice band and half, Doric columns on brick pilasters). The porch railing and stairs are not original. There is a coloured-glass, arched transom over the main-floor, gable-end window. The ground-floor windows are wider than those at the second floor. The house has loadbearing, brick masonry construction and a stone foundation. According to the 2000 inventory, the building is an eclectic mixture of styles (suggesting early twentieth-century construction). It also notes that the modern door and railings are unsympathetic with the original design. (1, 2, 3)

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2-10 79 Holland W.

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