111-117 Downie Street
111, Downie Street, City of Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Links and documents
1906/01/01 to 1908/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
111-117 Downie Street is located on the east side of Downie Street, west of Waterloo Street, in the City of Stratford. The two, three-storey buff brick commercial buildings were constructed in 1906 and 1908.
The property was designated, by the City of Stratford in 2000, for its heritage value, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 1-2000).
Located south of Market Street, 111-117 Downie Street played a pivotal role in the establishment of the commercial district, south of Market Square, in downtown Stratford. In conjunction with the similar, adjacent buildings at 105-109 Downie Street, these structures form a continuous block of early 20 century commercial buildings.
111-117 Downie Street is associated with Joseph John O'Brien. He owned the land on which 111-117 Downie Street was built and conducted his well known tobacco and cigar business from this location. Over 100 years later the property still functions as a vibrant commercial and residential property in the downtown core.
111-117 Downie Street reflects a simplified Edwardian Classicism, a style common in commercial architecture during this period. Edwardian architecture is reflected in the buildings' modest design, restraint in detailing, and simplified, but formal composition. The buff brick exterior produces the appearance of a smooth surface, subtly accentuated with pilaster accents. A cornice adorned with modillion blocks and a frieze, is shared with 105-109 Downie Street.
Source: City of Stratford By-law 1-2000.
Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of 111-117 Downie Street include its:
- location in the commercial district among historical buildings
- three-storey buff brick exterior
- flat roof
- pilaster accents
- cornice with modillion blocks and frieze
- marquee banding
- upper, double-hung, 12 over 1 windows
- sandstone lintels
- brick voussoirs and keystones
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Trade and Commerce
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Shop or Wholesale Establishment
- Multiple Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Stratford
Office of the City Clerk Administrator
Cross-Reference to Collection