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Early farmhouse in Guelph to be designated for heritage

Hart Farmhouse
Three generations of the Hart family (c.1889) standing in front of the farmhouse with its original front porch. From left: Michael M. Hart, Michael Marcy Hart, Mary Ann Hart and Jane Hart. – via guelphmercury.com

A farmhouse built around 1850 in what’s now the south end of Guelph, which is being converted to a community centre for residents of a new subdivision, is to be protected through designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.

The Hart farmhouse meets all three criteria – design, historical and contextual value – used when assessing whether a building merits designation, says a report that goes to the Nov. 7 meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole.

Now located south of Kortright Road West and east of Rickson Road, the two-storey house built using “vernacular Neo-Classic style” is one of the oldest surviving farmhouses in Guelph or Puslinch Township. It is also one of very few remaining log houses in the area, the report says.

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