54, Romeo, City of Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Stratford Pump House
Rothman's Art Gallery
54 Romeo Street
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Stratford Waterworks is on the west side of Romeo Street South, south of Delamere Avenue in the City of Stratford. The one storey buff brick municipal building was constructed in 1883.
The property was designated by the City of Stratford in 1985 for its heritage value under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 43-85).
Built in 1883, the Stratford Waterworks is associated with the development of public works and municipal services in the City of Stratford. With the construction of the pump house Stratford secured future development and growth in the community. In 1966 a modern facility was constructed across the street leaving the original pump house unused. The Stratford Art Association took ownership of the property and it has remained in use for the public as an art gallery.
The first section of the building was designed by London, Ontario architect George F. Durand and constructed in 1883. The building's original style can be termed Municipal Gothic with notable Italianate tracery in the brickwork. The pointed windows were placed in pairs in inset panels with Moorish fanwork above them and patterned chevrons beneath them. The building is white brick with red accents. To meet increased water demands, sympathetic additions were later added to the original building and a garage built nearby.
Source: City of Stratford, By-law 43-85.
Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of Stratford Waterworks include its:
- one storey buff brick exterior
- original structural massing and openings on brick walls
- hip roof
- gable ends on elevations and facade
- projecting eaves
- paired two over two double hung windows
- red brick arched radiating voussoirs
- buff brick incinerator stack
- date stone
- situation at Waterworks Place, near to other buildings housing waterworks operations
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
1966/01/01 to 1966/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Technology and Engineering
Function - Category and Type
- Exhibition Centre
- Water or Sewage Facility
Architect / Designer
George F. Durand
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Stratford
Office of the City Clerk Administrator
1 Wellington Street
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