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Gribbin (McMaster) Building

45 Mississaga Street East, City of Orillia, Ontario, L3V, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 2003/03/03

Front facade showing side wall, 2002.; Su Murdoch, 2002
Front facade, 2002
Front facade, 2002; Su Murdoch, 2002
Front facade, 2002
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Autre nom(s)

McMaster & Co.
John Northway & Co.
Gribbin (McMaster) Building

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Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/07/07

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

This is a 3-storey, brick, commercial building on the main street of the city of Orillia. It was built in 1874 as the general store of Francis J. Gribbin. It is the only structure within the property designated by City of Orillia Bylaw 2003-26.

Valeur patrimoniale

This building is an important component of Orillia's historic commerical district along Mississaga Street, and is associated with locally prominent businessman, Francis J. Gribbin. It is one of a few that have a finished side wall visible from an laneway that originally led to stables at the rear.

The Gribbin building is among the first erected following a fire in 1872 that destroyed most of the south side of Mississaga Street East. It has been in continuous retail use since constructed in 1874 as Gribbin's general store. Other significant merchant-owners have included William McMaster (c1883-c1888) and John Northway (1891-1960).

The form, massing, decoration, and architectural elements are representative of commercial buildings constructed in Orillia and many towns in Ontario in the third quarter to end of the 19th century. The storefront (ground level) has typically been altered to suit the needs of successive owners.

Source: City of Orillia bylaw 2003-26 and accompanying research report.

Éléments caractéristiques

The heritage value of the Gribbin building is represented in the following key elements:
- form and massing as a 3-storey, rectangular structure with a short street facade and flat roof
- unpainted red-orange brick with buff-yellow brick accents
- segmental and round headed window and door openings with multipaned sashes
- moulded roof cornice
- finished sidewall (east)
- limestone trim at roof edges




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (Ont.)

Loi habilitante

Loi sur le patrimoine de l'Ontario

Type de reconnaissance

Désignation du patrimoine municipal (partie IV)

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction



Commerce / Services commerciaux
Magasin ou commerce de vente au détail

Architecte / Concepteur




Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

City of Orillia Clerk's Office, City Hall

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