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24 Cambridge Street

24, Cambridge Street, City of Guelph, Ontario, N1H, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1995/09/13

Of note is the decorative brick chimney on the west elevation.; Lyndsay Haggerty, 2007.
Detailed View, 24 Cambridge Street, 2007
Of note is the first-storey bay window surmounted by an ornate cornice.; Lyndsay Haggerty, 2007.
Façade, 24 Cambridge Street, 2007
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/12/11

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

24 Cambridge Street is situated on the south side of the street, between Dublin and Glasgow Streets, in the City of Guelph. The property consists of a two-storey yellow-brick house that was constructed in circa 1884.

The property was designated, by the City of Guelph, in 1995, for its historical and architectural significance, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law (1995)-14936).

Heritage Value

24 Cambridge Street is associated with a number of prominent Guelph citizens. It was built in circa 1884 by David McClockin, a masonry contractor, who was also its first owner. David McClockin also owned the adjacent building to the west, where he and his family lived, while renting out 24 Cambridge Street. Kenneth McLean, a prominent local barrister occupied the house for several years and it was later owned by George McVicar, an auditor with the Grand Trunk Railway.

24 Cambridge Street is a fine example of the Victorian style of architecture. It was designed by local architect John Day, son of local builder William Day. John Day also had a hand in designing the Petrie Building at l5 Wyndham Street North, the Regent Hotel at 52 MacDonell Street and St. James the Apostle Anglican Church.

Typical of the Victorian style, 24 Cambridge features a first-storey bay window and a second-storey window, which are surmounted by ornate cornices with brackets. Also characteristic of the style, is the elaborate entrance, highlighted by a transom and detailed woodwork. Other decorative details worthy of note include the arched brick voussoirs over the second storey window and a decorative yellow-brick chimney.

Sources: City of Guelph By-Law (1995)-14936.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of 24 Cambridge Street include its:
- yellow-brick construction
- gable roof
- first-storey bay window and second-storey window including cornices and brackets
- entrance including transom and original woodwork
- yellow-brick chimney on the west elevation
- arched brick voussoirs over the second-storey window




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1995/01/01 to 1995/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

John Day


David McClockin

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Guelph Community Design and Development Services 1 Carden Street Guelph, Ontario

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