A Queenston landmark for more than 130 years is being demolished this week.
This little "salt-box" cottage on the west side of Queen Street, between Partition and Dumfries streets abuts the Laura Secord homestead and is being demolished by the Laura Secord Candy Company in its restoration plans for the Secord property.
The house being demolished was built in the late 1830s or early 1840's, shortly after the Secord family moved to their new residence in Chippawa.
It is approximately 24 feet and of the early Cape Cod "salt-box" style of architecture. It has hand-hewn six-inch square beams that are mortised and tenoned pointed, held in place with wooden pegs.
The exterior is rough caste, with plaster of various thicknesses over random-split lath. All the upright timbers are four inches square and the rafters are 10 inches by two inches, all rough sawn, and nailed in place with square nails.
The house originally had four rooms downstairs and two small rooms upstairs, reached by a central stairway.
This stairway was removed in later years and a modern, indoor bathroom installed in its place, thus closing off the upstairs rooms.
Just who built the house is unknown, but a century or more ago it was purchased by Thomas and Mary Pendergast who lived in it with their family for many years. Their daughter, Mary Pendergast Anderson, with her family, was living in it 60 years ago and they were followed by the Green family.
The Greens sold the house and property to Mr. and Mrs. G. Fitzwalter in 1938 and after living here for 32 years, sold it last year to the Laura Secord Company.
Any salvageable materials from the demolition job will be kept for possible use in the reconstruction of the old Secord homestead.
The Laura Secord Candy Company at first intended to preserve this old dwelling but due to its age, condition, and location, decided it did not fit in with the long range plans for the restoration of the Secord homestead.
ANCIENT HOUSE DEMOLISHED — Looking back to front across the floor beams of the old Queenston Pendergast house. It is located next to the Laura Secord
dwelling which Is to be restored. Demolition was ordered after it was decided the dwelling would not fit into plans to make the Secord home a national historic site.