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Hunter House

66, Victoria Street, Goderich, Town of, Ontario, N7A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1989/07/17

Of note is the pediment roof over the entrance of the house.; Kayla Jonas, 2008.
Facade, Hunter House, 2008
Of note is one of the tall ornate brick chimneys.; Kayla Jonas, 2008.
Southwest Elevation, Hunter House, 2008
Of note is the round  corner turret.; Kayla Jonas, 2008.
Northeast Elevation Hunter House, 2008

Other Name(s)

Hunter House
66 Victoria Street North

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/10/22

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Hunter House, located at 66 Victoria Street North is situated on the southeast corner of Victoria Street North and Nelson Street East in the Town of Goderich. The property consists of a two-and-a-half-storey red brick and wood shingle Queen Anne style home that was constructed circa 1906.

The property was designated by the Town of Goderich in 1989 for its architectural and historical value under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-Law 36 of 1989).

Heritage Value

The Hunter House is associated with persons of both local and national importance. Owned by the Hunter family for over 75 years, the Hunter House has been used as both residence or office by prominent local professionals including a lawyer, a doctor, a veterinarian and an architect. Notable guests include Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who stayed in the house during a visit to Goderich while he was Prime Minister.

Constructed circa 1906, the Hunter House is representative of the Queen Anne style of architecture. Typical features of this style found in the design of the Hunter House include the combination of brick lower walls with upper floors of wood shingle and the round corner turret with finial. Other features of note include the decorative diamond pattern muntins in the lower floor windows and ornate brick chimneys.

Located at a prominent corner in Goderich, Hunter House acts as a landmark with its prominent architectural styling and set-back from the road.

Source: Town of Goderich By-Law 36 of 1989.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the Hunter House include its:
- two-storey red brick and wooden shingle construction
- round corner turret with finial
- ornate brick chimneys
- gable roof and dormers
- pediment and lattice work surrounding main entrance
- diamond pattern muntins in the lower floor windows
- cherry mantelpiece on main floor
- oak trim in the main hall
- location on a prominent corner lot, set back from the road




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1989/01/01 to 1989/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Goderich Town Hall 57 West Street Goderich N7A2K5

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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