Notice of intention to designate: Hart farmhouse

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Guelph intends to designate the Hart farmhouse in its associated lot within the Approved Draft Plan of Subdivision for Hart Village 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 the property

The Hart farmhouse is located within what is currently known as Lot 58 in the Draft Approved Plan of Subdivision for Hart Village. The legal description of the subject property has historically been Part Lot 4, Concession 7.

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

The subject property is worthy of designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act as it meets 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 heritage attributes of the Hart farmhouse display: design or physical, historical or associative and contextual value.

Design/physical value

The Hart farmhouse was built c. 1850 using a Neoclassical vernacular style. It is one of the oldest houses in both Puslinch Township and Guelph, and it is one of the few remaining log homes in the area. The existing house has a 2-storey squared, chinked log substructure with
eave returns as well as a 1-storey, log summer kitchen and a later garage. The farmhouse form has a side gable roof, a 5-bay lower storey, and 3–bay upper storey. There is a basement located underneath the main section of the house. The house is currently clad in aluminum siding, and there is evidence of original wood clapboard siding underneath which may be salvageable. The house has two brick chimneys, a westerly chimney in its original location
and a more modern chimney on the eastern side.

Historical/associative value

The Hart farmhouse has historic and associative value because of its direct ties to an important founding family of the community. The Hart farm is one of the earliest properties in Puslinch Township and Guelph, having been settled in 1828 by 50-year-old Michael Hart, his 36-year old wife Barbary Hart, and their five year-old son Michael. The family came from Flanders, France. The significant historical association of the property is that the family owned and operated
the farm for five generations. Historically, the Harts were important members of the community and Michael Hart was one of the school trustees in 1886 that was responsible for the Brock Road School, located southwest of the Hart farm. The Harts were also members of what is now the Basilica of Our Lady parish and supporters of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Guelph.

Contextual value

The Hart farmhouse has contextual value because it is physically, visually and historically linked to its surroundings. The Hart farmhouse sits in its original location and serves as a lasting  reference to the Hart farmstead and as a link to the early farming landscape of Puslinch Township, and what is now Guelph. The existing Harts Lane West is of contextual importance as a historic road allowance. It provides a link to the old Brock Road and Brock Road School, founded in part by Michael Hart while he was a school trustee. The landscape surrounding the house, although not of the same time period, is likely similar to that which was planted in the mid-nineteenth century and provides context for the house. Important landscape features include two large, mature bur oak trees on the property which are being retained in the proposed subdivision.

Description of heritage attributes (What is being protected)

The following are to be considered as the heritage attributes of the Hart farmhouse:
• 2-storey, side gable roof form of the building with an attached 1-storey, side gable kitchen wing;
• Original log construction and heavy timber substructure;
• Salvageable, original wood clapboard cladding;
• Location and form of original window and door openings;
• Transom window over front door;
• Original exterior and interior wood doors and related hardware
It is intended that non-original features may be returned to documented earlier designs or to their documented original without requiring Council to amend the designation by-law.

Staff report to Council

View the July 9, 2018 staff report to Council (pages 194-212) [11.9 MB]

For more information

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

Any person may, before 4 p.m. on the 13th August, 2018, 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 Hall
1 Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3A1