James Reid House
1154 Armour Road, Peterborough, Ontario, K9H, Canada
Links and documents
1846/01/01 to 1856/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The James Reid house is located in the northeastern section of Peterborough, in the former Township of Douro. It is a rectangular one and a half storey house, and has been recognized for its heritage value by the City of Peterborough Bylaw 1983-51.
The heritage value of the James Reid House resides in its association with the early settlers of the Peterborough area. Following their emigration from Ireland, Robert Reid and his brother, Thomas A. Stewart, purchased land in Duoro Township, becoming the first inhabitants of the area in 1822. Between 1846 and 1856, either Robert Reid, or his son, James Reid, built the present structure on a portion of this land. The house remained in the Reid family until 1877, and went through a series of title-holders until purchased by prominent Peterborough businessman, politician and mayor, William G. Morrow. He rented the property for several years, before transferring ownership to the Toronto Savings and Loan Company (of which he was Vice President and Managing Director).
The James Reid House is also recognized for its unique form of construction. The Reid and Stewart families of Peterborough favoured the vertical log construction method, but the James Reid house is unique in that it was built using planks rather than logs. Having numerous owners since then, the house has undergone modern renovations, and the original vertical plank construction, which involves vertical planks set into sills at the top and bottom of the wall, is now visible on the interior of the house.
Source: Heritage Designation Brief, Office of the Clerk, City of Peterborough Bylaw 1983-51
Key elements that embody the heritage value of the James Reid house include:
-the vertical plank construction, with the floor and ceiling joists set into sills
-the rectangular floor plan, typical of log and frame constructed houses of the period
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, City Hall, File 1983-51
Cross-Reference to Collection