80 London Road West

Bylaw: (1990)-13497

Legal description: Part Lot 15 to Part Lot 17, Plan 299

Designated portions

  • All of the east, north and west facades of the original house, excluding any later additions other than the existing porch
  • The existing porch, excluding the porch’s asphalt shingle skirt
  • The slate roof including the shape of the roof, the slate gables, the wooden eave brackets and the curved wooden soffits of the original house
  • The original burled oak staircase, stair railing and newel post
  • The Six original leaded glass windows.

Property history

This two and one-half-storey red-brick house is a unique example of the architecture of the 1890 period and is an important element in the streetscape of London Road from numbers 76 to 88. Many notable features remain intact including the decorative slate roof incorporating a variety of shapes, the large wooden brackets, the leaded glass windows and the original burled oak woodwork inside.

Built in 1893 for John G. Sully, a local businessman and politician, owners have also included Henry C. Scholfield, Manager of the Dominion Bank in Guelph, who represented Wellington South in the Provincial Legislative Assembly from 1911 to 1914, as well as insurance agent George Powell Hamilton and the Holman family. Andy and Melanie McLennan are responsible for restoring many of the original interior and exterior details of the house in the late 1980’s.

The designation includes the slate roof and the shape of the roof, slate gables, wooden brackets and curved wooden soffits of the original house, together with the east, north and west facades and the present porch, excluding the asphalt shingle skirt. The designation does not include the later additions and the south façade. Inside, the burled oak staircase, stair railing and newel post, and the 6 original leaded glass windows are included in the designation.