20 Centre Street
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- Location: 20 Centre Street and 58 Chapel Street
Legal Description: Plan 65 Lots 5 & 6 RP 39R9859 Part 2
Property: Two-storey house
Date of Construction: 1880 to 1884
Heritage Status: Listed
Summary of Cultural Attributes:
Historical: Patent in 1842 to Isaac Proctor for the north half of Lot 2, Concession1. In 1864, he sold 10 acres to Cornelius Valleau, who is believed to have built the house in the period 1880 to 1884 for Roswell B. Macklam, who acquired the lots in 1879 for $800 and then sold the property in 1884 Frederick W. Auston for $3,000. The structure is really two houses, one with the above address and the other as 56 Chapel. There were three other owners in the following years and in 1918 it was bought by Robert N. Whittam, who had title until 1940, when it went to Lillis Pearl Whitton. In 1955, it went to Bernice and Ross W. Branscombe, and then in 1996 to the present owner Anna M. Thomson.
Architectural: This large red brick with cream trim, two-storey semi-detached house is essentially Gothic Revival in style. It has two striking features: a central section with prominent front and back gables and two wings, also with prominent front and back gables; two front (primarily the part facing Chapel Street) porches that cover the main entrances, one surrounding both the side and end of the east wing - both porches are supported by round pillars. The main entrances have one side window and arched transoms. The roof is steeply pitched and displays wide cornices, with eave supports on the two ends. The rear side of the Centre Street unit features a three-window bay on the lower floor. In recent years a lower floor addition has been built on the back.
Sources: MPAC; OLR Records; Pictorial Brighton, 1859-1984, p. 22; personal communication.
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