Gore Park Bandstand
68, Arthur Street S., Township of Woolwich, Ontario, N3B, Canada
Gore Park Bandstand
68 Arthur Street South
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Gore Park Bandstand is located at 68 Arthur Street South and is situated on a triangular-shaped piece of land, bounded by Park Avenue East to the north, Arthur Street South to the east, Hampton Street to the west and the intersection of Hampton, Arthur and South Streets to the south, in the Town of Elmira, within the Township of Woolwich. The octagonal bandstand was constructed in 1912.
The property was designated, by the Township of Woolwich, in 1986, for its historic and architectural value or interest, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 36-86).
The Gore Park Bandstand is situated in Gore Park and is a highly visible landmark in downtown Elmira. Also located in the park is the Fountain of Memories. This fountain features the names of youth in the community who have died engraved on marble slabs.
The Gore Park Bandstand represents the importance of musical entertainment to Elmira, in the early 1900s. It played a central role in the social life of early Elmira residents, hosting musical events, such as summer concerts, and continues to bring local residents together today, through these same activities.
The Gore Park Bandstand was built, in 1912, by A.M Bowman, a local resident, and based on a design prepared by members of the Elmira Musical Society. Octagonal in shape, it features a wooden floor and roof, as well as skilfully designed cross railings. The roof is steeply pitched and forms a point in the centre where each octagonal section comes together. The design also includes six steps leading down toward the south end of the property.
Source: Township of Woolwich By-law 36-86.
Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the Gore Park Bandstand include its:
-continued use as a site for social engagements for almost 100 years
- original octagonal massing
- wood construction
- six steps leading to the south end of the property
- wooden floor and octagonal roofline
- skilfully designed cross railings
- prominent location in Gore Park
- proximity to the downtown core
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
1986/01/01 to 1986/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Sports and Leisure
Function - Category and Type
- Park Fixture
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Township of Woolwich
69 Arthur Street South
P.O. Box 158
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