Heritage designation may be granted to Hamilton home built in 1881


Published February 6, 2024 at 5:42 pm

An Ancaster home built in 1881 may receive a protective heritage designation.

The city announced its intention to designate the two-story home at 176 Wilson St. E. on Jan. 6. Historically known as “Birch Lawn,” the two-bed, two-bath home is noted for its “Italianate style of architecture as applied to a private dwelling which displays a high degree of craftsmanship,” the city wrote.

“Contextually, the property is important in supporting the character of the historic village of Ancaster and is historically linked to its surroundings. It is located on the historic Wilson Street transportation corridor and still marks the western entrance into the core, though now surrounded by modern construction,” they described.

The house, sitting on a .125-hectare plot of land, demonstrates this Italianate style through its truncated roof line, single stack chimney and three-sided two-storey bays to the front and side. The home also features “segmentally-arched window openings with decorative buff brick broken pediment hoods, stone lug sills and one-over-one hung wood windows with storms,” representative of the style.

As of Jan 6, the home is available for lease. However, the price point may be a hurdle with the asking rent set at a whopping $2,800 a month. The listing on Realtor.ca describes the site as “An opportunity to lease a beautiful, unique home with old-world charm and modern convenience in Old Ancaster.”

Within the next 30 days, anyone can serve written notice of their objections to the proposed designation with the city with a statement for the objection and any relevant facts.

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