City preparing for demolition of Wilson Farmhouse

Press release.

The City has issued an RFP to demolish the Wilson Farmhouse. It is anticipated the demolition work will start in July and be completed in early August.

On May 21, at a special meeting of Council devoted to the Wilson Farmhouse, Council heard delegations from several members of the community. In the end, Council passed a resolution to allow for the demolition of the farmhouse.

Physical features from the farmhouse will be documented and salvaged, where possible, as directed by the City’s senior heritage planner.

As per the Council resolution, City staff is currently working to withdraw the Notice of Intention to Designate for the property known as 80 Simmonds Drive, in accordance with Section 29 (14)(b) of the Ontario Heritage Act. Demolition will occur once the Notice of Intention to Designate has been withdrawn.

Two mature black walnut trees will be protected during demolition.

The land area surrounding the farmhouse will be retained as parkland and the City will integrate the parcel into the Wilson Farm Park Master Plan.

About Wilson Farmhouse

Wilson Farmhouse is a City-owned, two-storey farmhouse built about 1880. The building measures 2,263 square feet. Currently, 80 Simmonds Drive is zoned P.2 Parkland. In 2005, the City acquired the farmhouse as part of a parkland dedication in the Northern Heights subdivision.

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3 responses to “City preparing for demolition of Wilson Farmhouse

  1. SG

    Sad day for Guelph and our built Heritage, not to mention that the Official Plan stated that the farmhouse would either have a community use or a residential use. That was the original intent and agreement before the subdivision was developed , so much for commitments and promises at time of subdivision agreements. What heritage legacy will be lost next?

  2. Mork

    Enfuriating. How can a city justify demolishing any old building. Haven’t we learnt enough from past mistakes of ruthless demolitions? Once demolished, it is gone forever. It is a bunch of BS that the house has little heritage value. That is irrelevant. It is crude to tear down a house that has lasted that long. Notice the vague description by the city “physical features […] salvaged, where possible”. More BS right there. Some cities across North America (Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Chicago, to name a few) and Europe (everywhere) would never think of demolition. Their council meetings would be about how to restore the house. This is too depressing.

  3. MS

    There were numerous meetings with regards to repurposing the farmhouse, especially over the last 2-3 years. None of the ideas fit the community where the farmhouse is located. The cost to the city to repurpose was way too high and tax payers dollars need to be used to fix the current conditions of parts of the city that are used by all – roads for one need much repair around this city. The previous owner of the farmhouse was not upset that the decision to demolish was made. Neither were many nearby residents. The city also admitted that it is at fault with regards to following the official plan from many years ago with how the farmhouse was to be used. It is too bad that the subdivision wasn’t built with the farmhouse in mind, according to the plan. There are many lessons to be learned from this situation and I hope the city never puts its residents in the position that many found themselves in with this farmhouse.

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