Description of Historic Place
McConnell House and its connected barn sit prominently on an open landscape surrounded by a golf course and subdivisions in Gatineau, Québec. The large, L-shaped structure is composed of a gable-roofed farmhouse, a two-storey two-room wing and an attached, large, barn structure. The building is clad in clapboard with very simple wooden details and a verandah that runs the full length of its front façade. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
McConnell House is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
McConnell House is associated with the growth of a stable agricultural area in the Hull township region. It is associated with the McConnell family who are considered among those individuals who collectively contributed to the growth of the Hull Township and the pastoral nature of that area.
McConnell House is valued for its good aesthetic and functional design. It is a good example of a typical farmhouse built after initial settlement by the descendents of early settlers. It represents the most common domestic housing type in eastern Canada in the 19th century, and the additions built onto the rear of these simple dwellings were a common later feature. The additive process allowed farmhouses to expand over the years to accommodate the increased needs of their inhabitants. Good craftsmanship is evident throughout.
McConnell House reinforces the pastoral character of its mixed rural and urban setting and is a familiar building in the area.
Sources: Sally Coutts, McConnell House, Aylmer, Québec, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office, Building Report, 84-016; McConnell House, Aylmer, Québec, Heritage Character Statement, 84-016.
The following character-defining elements of McConnell House should be respected.
Its good aesthetic and functional design and good craftsmanship and materials, for example:
- the L-shaped massing, which consists of a one-and-a-half storey farmhouse, a two-storey, attached wing, and an attached barn structure;
- the gable-roofed farmhouse and barn structure;
- the verandah that runs the full length of the front façade;
- the wood frame construction clad in clapboard;
- the simple wooden details;
- the window arrangement and door openings;
- its interior plan.
The manner in which McConnell House reinforces the pastoral character of its mixed rural and urban setting and is a familiar building in the area, as evidenced by;
- its overall scale, design and materials, which contribute to its open space surroundings;
- its role in maintaining a pastoral buffer and acting as both a rural and urban transitional zone in the area;
- its prominent location on Aylmer Road, which makes it a familiar building in the area.
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection