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St. Louis House

1579, Washington Street, Kars (City of Ottawa), Ontario, K4M, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1985/04/15

view of St. Louis House; RHI 2006
St. Louis House
facade of St. Louis House; RHI 2006
St. Louis House
contextual view of St. Louis House; RHI 2006
St. Louis House

Other Name(s)

n/a

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1859/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/08/06

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Constructed in circa 1859, the St. Louis House is one of the first houses built in the village of Kars. Located in the heart of Kars, on the northwest corner of Nelson and Washington Streets, this two-storey clapboard house remains a tangible link to the earliest days of the village.

St. Louis House has been recognized for its heritage value by the former Township of Rideau, By-law 48/85, on 15 April 1985.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the St. Louis House, lies in its connection to the early days of Kars. It was probably built by A.J. Eastman, the founder of Kars. In 1852, Eastman built a steam-powered stone saw mill at the mouth of Stevens Creek. Within two years, Eastman had purchased 42 acres of land and, by 1856, plans for a village were drawn up. The St. Louis House was one of the first buildings to be constructed in the village.

Architecturally, it is a good example of the simple well built and well finished houses typical of village homes of the era, displaying local design, materials and craftsmanship.

Sources: City of Ottawa Files XD001–XMM3200/0003436; Rideau Township Archives, LACAC Files.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that define the heritage value of the St. Louis House include its:
- end-gable design with an off-centre door
- steeply-pitched gable roof
- wood frame construction with a clapboard exterior
- six over six windows
- verandah with turned posts and wagon wheel treillage, dating from the early 1900s.
- orientation in the heart of the village of Kars

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Ontario

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date

1985/04/15

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement
Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

A. J. Eastman

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Ottawa 110 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

HPON06-0188

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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