548 Weller Street, Peterborough, Ontario, K9H, Canada
Christopher Marshall House
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Weller-Boucher House is a two and one half storey building located in a residential neighbourhood in the City of Peterborough. The structure faces east instead of the street. It has been recognized for its heritage value by the City of Peterborough Bylaw 1978-181.
The heritage value of the Weller-Boucher House resides in its association with two nineteenth century Peterborough judges. Built in 1855 on property owned by a local grocer, Christopher Marshall, the lot and house were almost immediately sold to Judge Charles A. Weller. In 1864, Weller rented the house to a family friend, Judge Robert M. Boucher, who remained in the house until his death in 1868.
The Weller-Boucher House is also recognized for its architectural value. It is considered a splendid Classical Revival adaptation of the Loyalist architectural tradition as it evolved in Peterborough in the mid-1850's. Its symmetry and proportions also make it an excellent example of the Classical/Georgian style of architecture brought to Canada by the United Empire Loyalists.
The Weller-Boucher House is also considered important for its association with Charles Perry, a lumber mill owner and the fourth Mayor of Peterborough, who rented the house between 1855 and 1864.
Source: Heritage Designation Brief, Office of the Clerk, City of Peterborough Bylaw 1978-181
Key elements that embody the heritage value of the Classical/Georgian style of architecture influenced by the Loyalist tradition include:
-the symmetrical 4 bay street facade
-the original double hung sash windows
-the main entrance in the east facade with fan transom, sidelights and moulded trim
-the stucco clad walls
-the gable end roof with boxed cornice and returned eaves
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
1855/01/01 to 1864/01/01
1864/01/01 to 1868/01/01
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 1978-181
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