Two Oshawa houses acknowledged as heritage properties

A pair of Oshawa homes, both of which are well over a century old, are becoming heritage properties.

City council has approved the designation of 1600 Conlin Road East, just west of Townline Road, and 2651 Harmony Road North, south of Winchester Road.

Built in the mid- to late-1800s, the Conlin Road property is an example of an Italianate home. Officials say it represents a particular Victorian style, unique to Ontario.

It was also owned by the Lee family, from 1919 until about 1961. The family has been in Oshawa since the mid-1800s.

The property on Harmony Road is considered an excellent example of an early Gothic Revival style stone cottage. It was constructed sometime before 1877.

According to experts, the design of this cottage was promoted by the Canada Farmer journal in 1865.

“The preservation of some of Oshawa’s historic landmarks and unique heritage buildings continues to enhance a sense of place and community pride,” said Rosemary McConkey, Ward 1 City Councilor. “The fact that Oshawa is protecting these two Ward 1 special 1800s residences with a designation under the Ontario Heritage Act is the mark of a caring city, respectful of its past.”

The designation protects the homes from destruction or significant modification. Property owners are still able to change things about the home, but there is a process in place to ensure the historical value is maintained.

Click here to check out a full list of Oshawa’s heritage properties.

Photo courtesy of Heritage Oshawa and the City of Oshawa

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