Thanks to Kiera Delgaty-Pak for sending along this photo: “I was driving home from South Carleton H.S. at 7:30pm Tuesday evening and absolutely had to stop and take a picture of this beautiful sunset. Spring is finally here!”
The City has received a zoning bylaw amendment request that would allow a commercial building at 2403 Huntley Road at Fallowfield, across the street from Karters’ Korner.
The site is currently zoned as “RU” (Rural Countryside), and the applicant wants it change to “RC” (Rural Commercial, Sub- Zone RC11). Here’s some of the rationale offered by the applicant:
– There are very few purely rural (in the sense of “agricultural”) properties within the vicinity of this site, which is actually surrounded by residential, industrial and commercial uses.
- Growth and development in the Stittsville community is inexorably moving eastward toward this site, but there is currently very little general commercial in the immediate area. A number of small business owners, representing clean, non-industrial enterprises, have already expressed an interest in this proposed commercial venue, as discussed below.
- The site is located at an intersection which already sees significant Stittsville-related traffic. A new small-scale commercial development here would be consistent with the existing traffic load.
- The Owner’s proactive invitation for feedback from the surrounding community elicited some cautious support, strong advice to avoid certain incompatible occupancies (in particular, any “gas station”), and no strong opposition.
- The Owner’s intent is to develop an upscale, high-quality facility which will complement and enhance Stittsville’s traditional “village” character.
(Photo: Boyd House, Fall 2013. Photo by Glen Gower.)
City planners are recommending that Boyd House, the old stone home at 173 Huntmar Drive, be designated as a heritage building. The city’s Built Heritage Sub-Committee will vote on a motion to designated it on Monday, November 9.
The property is slated for development and heritage designation is included as one of the conditions in the plan of subdivision.
In 2013, the owner of the property, Bob Karam, applied to demolish the home. The application went in front of the city’s heritage committee, at which point the owner agreed to stave off demolition and maintain and secure the property.
The stone house will now be incorporated into the new subdivison and used as an office, restaurant, or similar commercial use.
The house was built in 1887 by James and Jane Boyd, just a few years after the Great Fire destroyed most of the landscape in this area. They raised seven children and the house remained in the family until the 1970s.
The city’s heritage staff say that architecturally, it’s a good example of a late 19th century Gothic Revival farmhouse.
“Typical of the style, the house is constructed of stone with a steeply pitched gable roof, decorative bargeboard and stone quoins. These houses were frequently built to replace earlier log houses that were built upon settlement,” says the report.
“The house has associative or historical value because it expresses the theme of early settlement of Huntley Township by Irish Protestants in the mid 19th century. These new immigrants cleared the land and farmed, and this house is representative of the early successes of prosperous farmers such as the Boyd family. As development occurs in the area, the historic context of the Boyd House is being lost. The house has contextual value as a visual reminder of the agricultural history of Huntley Township.”
Councillor Shad Qadri is quoted in the report as well: “As Councillor for the area I feel it is very important that we retain the heritage of our community and the designation of the Boyd house provides an excellent opportunity to do so. With Stittsville as a growing community I feel it is important that we maintain our historical connection going forward to reflect the importance of the descendants of our community.”
A couple years ago I did quite a bit of research into the home and the Boyd family. There’s a remarkable number of photos and stories that have been passed down through generations of the family. You can read about it here…
(Above: Pam Denesyk with some award winning quilts. Photo by Barry Gray.)
Brightly coloured bolts of fabric adorn the shelves in the loft that is the bricks and mortar location of Mad About Patchwork.
A look around the loft, located on Huntley just south Fallowfield Road, further reveals a studio for classes and workshops as well as samples of project ideas – everything from an upholstered patchwork bench to quilts to new-sew Halloween bunting.
The person behind it all is Mad About Patchwork founder and owner Pam Denesyk. Continue reading →
(Here’s a press release from the Beechwood Cemetery Foundation and descendants of Captain William Brown Bradley, an early pioneer from this area who lived in Huntley Township, roughly between Stittsville and Carp. Many of Captain Bradley’s descendants still live in the area, and the Bradley name is very well-known in our community.)
A granite marker identifying Ottawa pioneer Captain William Brown Bradley (c.1771-1850) as a veteran of the War of 1812 will be unveiled at Beechwood, the National Cemetery of Canada on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 11:00am. There will be an hour long ceremony followed by a reception. Continue reading →
(Above: This old crab apple tree just south of Tanger Outlets led archeologists to the site of a the 19th century Burroughs Farm. Photo by Glen Gower / September 2015.)
It’s hard to imagine Kanata/Stittsville without an NHL arena, without big box stores, without the Queensway. But every once in a while, we get a little reminder of what this area used to be like when it was known as one of the finest farming communities in Eastern Ontario.
Within the next couple of years, pending development approvals, the second phase of Tanger Outlets will be built, including a hotel and restaurants. Phase two will be built between the Queensway and Feedmill Creek, the waterway that flows from west to east across the property.
According to the development plan, archeological features next to the creek will be preserved and incorporated into the landscaping of a park on the site.
“WE BOUGHT A BEAUTIFUL SEVEN-GABLE FARMHOUSE ON THE PROPERTY IN 1975 with a view to upgrading it however, we found the frame too far gone. We have some photos and some history of the farmhouse and its owners, the James family,” wrote Gordon and Heather Walt in an email to me earlier this month, after the home they lived in at 180 Huntmar was demolished to make way for a private school and medical offices.
“We moved out in 1978, had the farmhouse demolished by a friend and built the new house ourselves in 1979. We lived there with our four sons until 2003. It was bought by the Nautical Land Group and used as an office. We managed to rescue a stained glass window from the house on Tuesday morning as a souvenir of our 24 years in the house which we built. There are lots of good memories of our time there.”
I wanted to hear more about those memories, and what they knew about the history of the property. So I got in touch with the Walt’s and had tea with Gordon at the Walt home in Amberwood last week.