Home / Accueil

Daly Reid Building

13, Gore Street West, Perth, Ontario, K7H, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2001/08/28

Entrance detail; Rideau Heritage Initiative 2006
Daly Reid Building, Perth
Street context; Rideau Heritage Initiative 2006
Daly Reid Building, Perth
Facade; Rideau Heritage Initiative 2006
Daly Reid Building, Perth

Other Name(s)

Daly Reid Building
Public Utility Commission Building

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/12/12

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Located at 13 Gore Street West, the Daly Reid Building, also known as the Public Utilities Commission Building, was constructed in 1880. This two-storey residential dwelling was converted into office space in the 1950s when the Perth Public Commission Utilities Commission took over the building. The Daly Reid Building remains an integral element of the heritage appearance of the old Perth streetscape.

The Daly Reid Building has been recognized for its heritage value by the Town of Perth on 28 August 2001, By-law number 3404.

Heritage Value

Situated directly on the lot line, butting the Gore Street sidewalk this property represents a valuable piece of heritage infrastructure in Perth. Its overall proportions and especially its height help to blend this building well within the block.

The Daly Reid Building was built in 1880 and its symmetrically designed front exhibits a classically influenced front entrance flanked by double wide window openings on either side. The second floor windows are single width but centered over the lower floor openings. Aside from the details of the front entrance the only other display of adornment is at the eaves. Originally built as a frame structure on a rubble stone foundation it was clad in wire lath and stucco in the 1950's. Although this finish has altered the original appearance the segmented arched windows and front entrance details remain as testament to its earlier days.

This house has strong ties to the Hogg family who owned much of this block in the nineteenth-century. David Hogg was a prominent cabinet maker, his son, David, was an undertaker, and his daughter Elizabeth, a dressmaker. It would seem that Elizabeth, who was married to Thomas Reid, and their daughter Nellie, a milliner, carried on their business from this house at 13 Gore Street West. Eventually her son David Reid took ownership of the house, and it has been known by his nickname, the Daly Reid Building, ever since.

Sources: Town of Perth By-law 3404; Heritage Perth

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that define the Daly Reid Building's heritage value include the:
- location within downtown Perth's heritage streetscape
- the proportions and two-storey height
- frame structure built on a rubble stone base
- rough cast stucco finish with wire lath dating from 1950s
- medium-pitched gable roof
- the centre hall plan yielding a balanced facade
- classically detailed columned portico emphasizing the central door
- semi-circular transom and tracery above the central door
- the segmented arched windows
- three evenly space six-over-six double-hung windows on the upper facade
- plain lug, stone window sills on lower facade
- heavy cove moulding providing the only detail at the soffit




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

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building


Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town Hall, Perth, Ontario

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




Related Places



Advanced SearchAdvanced Search
Nearby Places