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The Wedding Cake House

48, Main, Town of Markham, Ontario, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1979/07/24

Of note is the vertical board and batten siding.; Kirsten Pries, 2008.
North Elevation, The Wedding Cake House, 2008
Of note are the six different types of bargeboard.; Kirsten Pries, 2008.
Facade, The Wedding Cake House, 2008
Featured is the offset front entrance with sidelights and transom.; Kirsten Pries, 2008.
Front Entrance, The Wedding Cake House, 2008

Other Name(s)

The Wedding Cake House
The Artisan Pub House
James Speight House
48 Main Street North

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/01/29

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Wedding Cake House is located at 48 Main Street North, on the west side of Main Street North, west of Centre Street in the Town of Markham. The two storey board and batten house was constructed in 1870.

The property was designated by the Town of Markham in 1979 for its heritage value under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 209-79).

Heritage Value

The Wedding Cake House is associated with James Speight, the first Reeve of the former Village Markham. Speight operated a wagon workshop, planning mill and sash and door shop that were established as early as the 1830s.

The Wedding Cake House is a good representation of the Vernacular architectural style, sharing many features with Gothic Revival design. This is evident by its peaked central gable, veranda with bargeboard, irregular style and central facade entrance with sidelights and transom. The residence gets its name from its six different types of bargeboard all of which were created in James Speight's planning mill. The second storey windows are also decorated with a “popcorn” styled wood trim. The integrity of the house has been maintained both outside and in; there are three foot high baseboards surrounding the rooms and a beautiful curved staircase. The Wedding Cake House has been restored, and is now known as the Artisan Pub House.

Sources: Town of Markham By-law 209-79; Town of Markham Notice of Intention to Designate, 1978.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of The Wedding Cake House include its:
- two storey vertical board and batten exterior
- gable roof
- veranda
- west elevation addition
- six types of bargeboard
- south elevation chimney
- offset front entrance
- sidelights and transom with coloured glass in a floral design
- “popcorn” wood trim
- three foot high baseboards
- curved staircase




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

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Eating or Drinking Establishment


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



James Speight

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

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

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