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501-503 Colborne Street

501, Colborne, City of London, Ontario, N6B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1992/05/04

Of note is the symmetrical design, bay windows and central veranda.; Paul Dubniak, 2008.
Facade, 501-503 Colborne Street, 2008
Of note is the rear bay, cut-stone foundation corbelled chimney.; Paul Dubniak, 2008
Southeast Elevation, 501-503 Colborne Street, 200
Of note is the detailed cornice work, half-timber and stucco veneer on the gable.; Paul Dubniak, 2008.
Detailed View, 501-503 Colborne Street, 2008

Other Name(s)

501-503 Colborne Street
Tambling and Jones Builders and Contractors

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/12/17

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

501-503 Colborne Street is located at the west side of Colborne Street, just north of Dufferin Avenue, in the City of London. The building is a two-and-a-half storey red brick duplex that was constructed in 1902.

The property was designated by the City of London in 1992, for its historical and architectural value or interest, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, By-law L.S.P. 3141-117. The residence is also designated under Part V as part of the West Woodfield Heritage Conservation District (By-law L.S.P. 3400-254).

Heritage Value

501-503 Colborne Street is a significant part of a streetscape of residences of similar size and design built in the early 20th century, in the Woodfield area of London.

501-503 Colborne Street is associated with George Tambling, owner of the Tambling and Jones Builders and Contractors. Tambling and Jones built many homes in the Woodfield area of London in the early 20th century, including 501-503 Colborne Street.

501-503 Colborne Street reflects the transition between the Queen Anne style of architecture and Edwardian Classicism, which was becoming popular when this residence was constructed, in 1902. Typical of the Queen Anne style are the two storey bay windows and the half-timbered and plastered gables with palladium windows. The corbelled chimneys and cornice woodwork detailing are also consistent with Queen Anne architecture. Simpler Edwardian style influences are evident in the flat facade of the residence and the relatively plain veranda and balustrades. Window designs with stone lintels and sills on the first and second storeys also reflect the Edwardian design elements.

Source: City of London, By-law L.S.P. 3141-117.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of 501-503 Colborne Street include its:
- two-and-a-half storey red brick construction
- multi-gable steeply-pitched roof
- overall symmetry
- corbelled chimneys
- two storey bays
- palladium windows in the gables
- half-timbering and stucco veneer
- veranda with wood columns and balustrades
- decorative woodwork on the cornices and gables
- rusticated stone foundation
- cut-stone window heads and sills
- one over one windows on the first and second storeys
- location on Colborne Street, in close proximity to other residences of similar age and construction




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Multiple Dwelling

Architect / Designer



Tambling and Jones, Builders and Contractors

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of London Planning Department 300 Dufferin Avenue, P.O. Box 5035 London, Ontario N6A4L9

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