45 Division Street
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- Historical Title: James Richardson House – Brighton’s Oldest House
Location of Property: 45 Division St.
Plan 28 Lot 12 and Pt 13 RP 38R3078 Part 1
Property: 1 ½ Storey House
Date of Construction: 1809
Heritage Designation: Listed
Summary of Cultural Attributes:
Historical: Brighton's oldest house is situated on a town lot that is part of a 200-acre Crown grant to James Richardson on Feb. 14, 1809 for Lot 1, Concession 1, of what was then Cramahe Township. He proceeded almost immediately to build a relatively small 1 ½ storey house near the east-west mid point of the lot and backing onto a small tributary of what later became Butler's Creek. This property was sold to James Lyon in1830 and then to William Butler in 1847. Ownership of the lot and house changed twice in the late 1800s and then in 1910 was acquired by the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway Company, reportedly for the Section Foreman and his family's use. The Railway retained ownership until 1949, when it was purchased by Sarah and William Daniels. Thereafter ownership changed several times and in 1991 was bought by Marshia A. and William J. Lloyd.
Architectural: The 1 ½ storey (the upper floor has low, partially sloped ceilings) house was built on a stone foundation, without a basement, but with a crawl space accessed by a trap door. The structure and initial siding is believed to be hand-cut, thick spruce planks. A rear woodshed has since been converted to living space. A front veranda is believed to have been added later. A partially attached garage has also been added.
About 50 years ago, aluminum siding was installed on the exterior and most of the doors and windows have since been replaced, albeit the upper windows may be original.
Sources: MPAC; OLR Records; Marshia and Bill Lloyd,
- Municipality of Brighton Register of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest
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