97, St. Patrick, Town of Goderich, Ontario, N7A, Canada
97 St. Patrick Street
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Garvey House, located at 97 St. Patrick Street, is on the south side of St. Patrick Street, west of Waterloo Street North, in the Town of Goderich. The one-and-a-half-storey concrete veneer residence was constructed circa 1850.
The property was designated by the Town of Goderich in 1981 for its historic value under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 81-50).
The Garvey House, at 97 St. Patrick Street, reflects the early commercial and institutional history of the Town of Goderich. It is associated with original owner Andrew Garvey, a cooper for the salt, fish and hide trades in Goderich. The property was subsequently owned by Jacob Seegmiller, a noted local tanner, trader and land owner in the mid-19th century Goderich. Between 1879 and 1890 the building was owned by John Breckenridge and served as the Goderich Post Office.
The Garvey House is in a neighbourhood of older residences in northwest Goderich, including the designated Seegmiller house at 87 St. Patrick Street, which was also owned by Jacob Seegmiller.
Constructed circa 1850, the Garvey House is a good representation of Ontario vernacular. The house is characterized by the one-and-a-half storey facade with sharply pitched centre gable roof, ornamented with detailed bargeboard, over a single upper central window with gothic arch. Unique to the house is the concrete veneer over red brick exterior that has been scored to resemble ashlar. A more recent addition encloses the original sidewalk which led to the post office entrance with the words “Post Office” engraved into the concrete.
Source: Town of Goderich By-law 81-50.
Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the Garvey House include its:
- extant sidewalk to original post office entrance, now located under porch addition, with the words “Post Office” engraved into the concrete
- one-and-a-half-storey brick construction, covered with a scored concrete veneer
- gable roof
- sharply pitched centre gable
- ornamental bargeboard
- centre upper-storey gothic window and drip mould
- concrete keystone radiating voussoirs
- concrete sills
- four over four windows
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Trade and Commerce
- Governing Canada
- Government and Institutions
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
- Post Office
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Town of Goderich
57 West Street
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