Notice of Intention to Designate: 122 Cardigan Street

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate 122 Cardigan Street as a property of cultural heritage value or interest under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter 0.18.

Description of property

The property at 122 Cardigan Street is situated at the southwest corner of Cardigan Street and London Road East in the City of Guelph. The legal description of the subject property is: PT PARK LOT 88, PLAN 8, PART 3, 61R7139; GUELPH.

Statement of cultural heritage value or interest (Why the property is being designated)

Image shows the front of the old stone house to be designatedThe subject property is worthy of designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act as it meets all three of the prescribed criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest according to Ontario Regulation 9/06 made under the Ontario Heritage Act.

The subject property has design value or physical value because its simple Georgian style is representative of Guelph’s mid-1850s taverns.  The building was constructed of local limestone in 1854 for Bernard Kelly as a two-storey tavern and inn.

The property has historical value because of its association with Bernard Kelly and the 19th-century working class history of Guelph.  The “Civil Barney Kelly” with his tavern and family remind us of the rough and energetic working class part of Guelph’s heritage.

The property has contextual value in that during the 1850s Guelph was a prominent grain marketing, milling and industrial centre.  Kelly’s Inn would have functioned as a social centre for the workers employed at the many mills and industries surrounding the Speed River.

In this historic milling area, only the Kelly’s Inn and the ruins of Goldie Mill remain from the 1850s.  Kelly’s Inn makes up an important vestige of the historical streetscape.  As a corner property at the intersection of Cardigan Street and London Road East, Kelly’s Inn is a landmark.

Description of heritage attributes (What is being protected)

The following exterior elements of the property at 122 Cardigan Street should be considered heritage attributes in a designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act:

  • Roof line;
  • Exterior stone walls;
  • Location and form of original window and door openings

It is intended that non-original features may be returned to documented earlier designs or to their documented original without requiring City Council permission for an alteration to the designation.

View the October 10, 2017 staff report to Council (pages 27-44) [PDF 6MB] 

For more information

Stephen Robinson, Senior Heritage Planner
Planning Services
519-822-1260 extension 2496

Any person may, before the 27 day of November 2017, send by registered mail or deliver to the Clerk of the City of Guelph, a notice of objection to this proposed designation, setting out the reason for the objection and all relevant facts. If a notice of objection is received, the Council of the City of Guelph shall refer the matter to the Conservation Review Board for a hearing.

Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk
City of Guelph
1 Carden Street
Guelph, ON N1H 3A1