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Edey House

4, Leahill, Town of Markham, Ontario, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1978/12/12

Of note is the central entrance with transom and triangular headed second storey window.; Kirsten Pries, 2008.
Front Entrance, Edey House, 2008
Of note is the symmetrical facade and pilasters.; Kirsten Pries, 2008.
Facade, Edey House, 2008
Of note is the garage addition.; Kirsten Pries, 2008.
Facade and North Elevation, Edey House, 2008

Other Name(s)

Edey House
4 Leahill Drive

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/01/19

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Edey House, located at 4 Leahill Drive, is on the west side of Leahill Drive north of John Street in Thornhill in the Town of Markham. The one-and-a-half-storey stucco residence was constructed in 1845.

The property was designated by the Town of Markham in 1978 for its heritage value under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 298-78).

Heritage Value

The Edey House is associated with master builder John Edey who built the residence for himself in 1845. The Edey residence was originally located at 7690 Yonge Street; however, it was relocated in 1966 and extensively restored.

The Edey House is a good representation of the Regency and Classical Revival styles evident by the front gable centred above the second storey balcony and first storey entrance. Typical of the style is the amount of attention drawn to the windows, achieved here by the difference between the fenestration of the first and second storeys. The first storey windows are rectangular with shutters while the windows of the second storey have triangular heads and wing tipped shutters. Other characteristics of the Classical Revival style include the rectangular transom above the central entrance, entablature with dentil moulding and four facade pilasters accentuated by a vertical grooved moulding. Aspects of the Regency style emerge through the building's short stature and symmetrical facade.

Source: Town of Markham By-law 298-78.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the Edey House include its:
- one-and-a-half-storey stucco exterior with brick basement
- gable roof
- garage addition on west elevation
- symmetrical facade
- central entrance with fanlight muntins in a rectangular transom
- four facade pilasters
- vertical grooved moulding ending in Egyptian key pattern
- capital ornamented with rosette
- two first storey four over four windows with rectangular shutters
- two first storey six over six windows with rectangular shutters
- second storey triangular headed windows
- wing tipped shutters
- cast iron balcony
- brick chimney on north and south elevations
- boxed cornice with returns
- entablature with dentil moulding
- north elevation first storey small iron unicorn




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1966/01/01 to 1966/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer



John Edey

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Markham Anthony Roman Centre Planning and Urban Design Department 101 Town Centre Boulevard Markham, Ontario L3R9W3

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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