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Mitchell Cottage

3360, St. Patrick Ave., Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2J, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1978/02/06

This stucco cottage displays elements of Classical Revival and "Georgian Wilderness" styles.; City of Niagara Falls
Mitchell Cottage
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Mitchell Cottage
Stamford Cottage

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/07/30

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Displaying an appealing contrast of white stucco with black shutters and trim, Mitchell Cottage stands as a reminder of the earliest settlement in the former Township of Stamford, now part of Niagara Falls. Situated on St. Patrick Avenue, its exterior reveals evidence of mid-nineteenth century detail, including Classical Revival eave returns on the gables and a “Georgian Wilderness” door.

The dwelling is recognized for its heritage value under the City of Niagara Falls By-law 7823.

Heritage Value

Mitchell Cottage is located in close proximity to other historic properties along St. Patrick Avenue. Many of these cottage-like properties, in the former Township of Stamford, were offered to early settlers by the Stamford Presbyterian Church, such as Russell Cottage, which has also been designated as a heritage property.

This modest dwelling, Mitchell Cottage, can be traced to the earliest settlement of the former Township of Stamford. The original 1805 cabin was built on Crown Land granted to the Stamford Presbyterian Church, although much of its 1840's appearance is attributed to John Hawkins, who retained ownership of the cottage between 1837 and 1853. The Presbyterian Church played a crucial role in assisting early settlers in the Stamford area, contributing to the development of what is now known as Niagara Falls. The cottage is also known as Stamford Cottage, indicating its historic ties to the Township of Stamford.

The house reflects mid-nineteenth century detail. Unified with a coat of stucco, the house has a refined central door casing on the front façade, characteristic of the 1840's, featuring a highly detailed architrave, sidelights, simple pilasters and an eight panel door. The door is described as being of the “Georgian Wilderness” type, while the eave returns on the gable ends are associated with the Classical Revival style.

Source: Mitchell Cottage Heritage File, Planning and Development, City of Niagara Falls, 1996.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that reflect the heritage value of Mitchell Cottage include its:
- siting in one of the earliest settlements of the former Township of Stamford, now part of Niagara Falls
- location on St. Patrick St. on land originally provided by the trustees of the Stamford Presbyterian Church, who were holders of the Crown Land grant
- proximity to other heritage properties of a similar nature which contributes to the cohesiveness of the neighbourhood
- 1840's detail, including a refined central door casing on the front façade with a highly-detailed architrave, sidelights, pilasters and eight panel door
- eave returns on the gable ends associated with Classical Revival style
- “Georgian Wilderness” door




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1837/01/01 to 1853/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



John Mitchell

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Niagara Falls Planning and Development Dept 4310 Queen St. Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X5

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