Henry Myers Cottage
538 Harvey Street, Peterborough, Ontario, K9H, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
538 Harvey Street, also known as the Henry Myers Cottage, is a Regency cottage set in residential Peterborough close to the Otonobee River and the County Courthouse. The property has been recognized for its heritage value by the City of Peterborough Bylaw 1985-057.
The Henry Myers Cottage's heritage value resides in its well-preserved state. It is one of the very few buildings in Peterborough to retain the original lattice trellis on the front verandah. Constructed in 1858, Henry Myers built the present cottage onto the original log cabin on the site and covered the structure with stucco. It is a good example of the Regency cottage style.
The Henry Myers Cottage is also important for its association with the early settlement of Peterborough. Throughout the years the cottage itself has been home to the descendants of William Dixon, one of the earliest pioneers in the Peterborough area.
Source: Office of the Clerk, Heritage Designation Brief, City of Peterborough Bylaw 1985-057.
Key elements that reflect the heritage character of Henry Myers Cottage include:
- a low hip roof
- dormer window in the front facade
- symmetrical front facade, three bays across, with large windows
- sidelights and transom above the main entrance
- large awning verandah with elliptical trelliage
- original stucco covered walls
- rear wing of log construction, covered in stucco to match main structure
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Preservation Office, City of Peterborough, File 1985-057
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