North Dumfries Township Increases Heritage Designated Properties

May 11, 2009 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

Four new properties were recently adopted by Township council as being “historically significant” and this ups their total property list to 24 under Ontario’s Heritage Act. The four properties include a former schoolhouse, stone farmhouse, former blacksmith shop, and a retired bank.

The school at 1335 West River Rd. was built in 1858 and served as the “Riverside Schoolhouse” for nearly a century. Its location led to the construction of the Footbridge because the school was to serve pupils on both sides of the river.

The old stone farmhouse at 1462 Beke Rd. may have seen extensive renovations over the years, but the structure dates back to about 1840. The Georgian-style home has not only been designated for its stone masonry, but also for its original interior woodwork and flooring.

Blacksmith's Shop
The former blacksmith’s shop on Spragues Road is unique. The small octagonal building is built of stone and one of only two known structures of its type in the province. It has been designated on both it historical and architectural merits.

The commercial building at 10 Northumberland St. in Ayr’s downtown core. Built in 1904 at the corner of Northumberland and Piper streets, this building has been an anchor to Ayr’s commercial area. From 1905 to 1963 it housed the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. It also served as the town hall from 1963 through 1972. The entire building exterior has been designated along with its vault.



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