Shane Coxworth &  Chris Larmer

Shane Coxworth & Chris Larmer

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Coldwell Banker - R.M.R. Real Estate, Brokerage*

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Shane Coxworth &  Chris Larmer

Shane Coxworth & Chris Larmer

Sales Representatives

Coldwell Banker - R.M.R. Real Estate, Brokerage*

Mobile:
905-903-7965 or 416-500-6377
Office:
905-852-4338
Toll Free:
866-666-2696
Email Me

We Look Back Wednesday's | Uxbridge's History | Joseph Gould Property

Joseph Gould Property - 62 Mill Street, Uxbridge, Ontario - CIRCA 1866

Photo Courtesy of Uxbridge - Scugog Historic Homes and Heritage Buildings 

In 1837 Joseph Gould purchased the property on Mill Street and built a frame house for him and his wife (see photo below).  This property was where all the Gould children were born and was known then as Gouldsville.  In 1863 Isaac James Gould (son of Joseph) married Rebecca Chapman.  A year later when Joseph moved his family and staff to his newly built estate on Toronto Street (see https://www.shanecoxworth.com/josephgouldhome) he deeded the Mill Street property to Isacc and his wife.  

Photo Courtesy of Uxbridge - Scugog Historic Homes and Heritage Buildings 

 

Three years later the one and one-half storey brick home was built further back on the property and in 1911 the original home was finally torn down.  The house was constructed of 5 layers of brick making the window sills easy to sit on.  There was a plank sidewalk that ran from the house to the foot of Mill St. and a 6 ft. white picket fence that lined the walk and carriage driveway (see below).  The board sidewalk was later replaced by a cement walkway.  At the foot of the driveway, on Mill St. was a block of cement the inscription, "Gouldville 1908” carved into it.  At this time  a covered porch that wrapped around 3 sides of the home.   It is believed that this was the first home in Uxbridge to have electric lights as Joseph and Isaac built and owned the electric light mill.

 

Photo Courtesy of Uxbridge - Scugog Historic Homes and Heritage Buildings 

 

In 1886 J. Walter Gould and his wife Alice took over ownership of the property.  They raised 6 children here and lived in the home until W.C. Gould took ownership of the home in 1956.  In 1966 the home left the Gould family when it was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Robt. I. Fitzhenry who owned the property until 2009.

 

Since being sold in 2009 the property has been a controversy for the Township of Uxbridge.  In 2014 a group of developers proposed a 39-unit townhouse subdivision to be located at 62 Mill St.  See the article from DurhamRegion.com https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/6919123-ontario-municipal-board-orders-township-to-allow-27-home-development-at-62-mill-st-/    The plans where held up when the township said 39 houses was too much for the property.  This prompted the developer to appeal their request to the Ontario Municipal Board.   A year later the OMB ordered the town to permit the developer to built a scaled down version of 22 semi-detached homes and 4 detached homes.  The Gould house would be relocated and restored on the east side of the property making a total of 27 residential units.   In 2022 the Gould house was moved to its new location on the east side of the property and can now be seen from Mill Street.  (see photos below). 

 

 

In June 2021 a conservation plan was created for the new developer of the property Mosaik (Uxbridge) Inc. who acquired it in March of 2021.  https://durhampost.ca/condominium-project-proposed-for-uxbridge

Below are photos take of the property by the Toronto based Architectural Firm Giaimo.

You can read the conservation plan here:

 https://www.uxbridge.ca/en/business-and-development/resources/Documents/62-Mill-Street---Mosaik-Uxbridge-Inc/20210629---62-Mill-St-Conservation-Plan.pdf

The photos below are courtesy of Giaimo Architects

The Conservation plan states that the exterior of the house will be restored keeping the historic characteristics of the home.  The interior being in relatively good condition will also keep its historic characteristics.

 

Below you can see a map of the property as is appears today.

Google Maps

 

 

Sources

Uxbridge - Scugog Historic Homes and Heritage Buildings by:  Paul Arculus and J. Peter Hvidsten

https://scugogheritage.com/history/historichomes2.pdf

62 Mill Street Conservative Plan by: Giaimo Architects

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