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John Lane House

111, John, Town of Markham, Ontario, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1986/08/27

Of note is the late Victorian addition distinguished by its high pitched roof.; Kirsten Pries, 2008.
Victorian Addition, John Lane House, 2008
Of note are the two-over-two double hung windows with shutters.; Kirsten Pries, 2008.
Victorian Addition, John Lane House, 2008
Of note is the open veranda with wooden posts supporting the tent roof.; Kirsten Pries, 2008.
Facade, John Lane House, 2008

Other Name(s)

John Lane House
111 John Street

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/01/20

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The John Lane House, is located at 111 John Street, on the south side of John Street, east of Deanbank Drive in the Town of Markham. The one-and-a-half-storey clapboard sheathed house was constructed circa 1842.

The property was designated by the Town of Markham in 1986 for its heritage value under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 273-86).

Heritage Value

The John Lane House is associated with prominent local resident, John Lane. The house was built circa 1842 as a mill worker's cottage due to its proximity to the local mill. In 1847 the cottage was sold to John Brunskill who had also purchased the mill across the street.

In 1864 John Lane bought the house. Lane had established a barrel factory circa 1830 nearby on John Street. It is probable that Lane used the house to accommodate his barrel factory workers. Lane himself lived in the house circa 1850 to 1860 and again circa 1870 until his death. Lane was influential in community politics. He was an elected deputy of Markham Town Council from 1868 to 1875, he was one of the first public school trustees, a Justice of the Peace and an M.P.P. for East York. It was these later years of his life in which he truly left a mark on the Town of Markham.

The John Lane House is a good representation of a Georgian cottage with Neo-Classical influence. A later Victorian addition successfully showcases and amalgamates the evolution in building styles. The structure follows an 'L' shaped plan. The original part of the dwelling has a low pitched roof while the addition has a high pitched roof. The main entrance is an eye capturing Neo-Classical style entrance consisting of a single leaf door containing two glazed panels on the upper half and two wood panels on the lower half. These four panels are elaborately moulded with box corners. The entire entrance is surrounded by an ornate entablature with pilasters. The Georgian cottage also boasts of two over two double hung windows with moulded trim, plain lug sills and shutters. The interior of the house is mainly original with each addition representing its own era in time.

Source: Town of Markham By-law 273-86.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the John Lane House include its:
- one-and-a-half-storey clapboard exterior
- pitched roof
- moulded fascia
- single leaf door with elaborate panels
- entablature and pilasters surrounding entrance
- two over two double hung windows with moulded trim, plain lug sills and shutters
- veranda with tent roof




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1870/01/01 to 1870/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Markham Planning and Urban Design Department 101 Town Centre Boulevard Markham, ON L3R9W3

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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