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Common Name Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre
Municipal Address 12 Nelson St. E Meaford

Building Demolished No
Postal Code N4L 1N6
Neighbourhood Main Street
Local Municipality Meaford
Province Ontario
Construction Date 1909
Type of Recognition Individual Designation of Property
Building Historic Use Government Town or City Hall
Building Current Use Leisure Auditorium, Cinema or Nightclub
Building Form
Massing Units Single Detached Single Detached
Plan Square/Rectangular Square/Rectangular
Wings Rear Rear
Storeys Three or More Three or More
Main Exterior Wall
Basement / Foundation Wall Material Concrete Concrete
Brick Common Bond Common Bond
Wall Design and Detail Portico Portico, Quoins Quoins, Entablature Entablature
Roof shape and Detail
Roof Type     Other
Roof Type other Cross Gable combined with straight roof lines
Roof Surface Material Asphalt Shingle Asphalt Shingle
Roof Trim - Eaves Moulded Moulded, Decorated Decorated, Brackets Brackets
Roof Trim - Verges Moulded Moulded, Decorated Decorated, Returned Eave Returned Eave
Dormers Returned Eaves or Pediment Returned Eaves or Pediment
Typical Window
Structural Opening Flat Flat, Semielliptical Semielliptical
Structural & Decorative Form Flat Arch Flat Arch, Curved Arch Curved Arch, Lug-Sill Lug-Sill
Sash Arrangement Multiple Multiple
Special Pane Arrangment - Double-Hung 12/8 or 8/12 12/8 or 8/12
Special Pane Arrangment - Casement 10/10 10/10
Main Entrance
Location Centre (facade) Centre (facade)
Structural Opening Semicircular Semicircular
Structural & Decorative Form Keystone Keystone, Shaped Transom Shaped Transom
Entrance Special Features 2 Leaf 2 Leaf
Entrance Stair Upper Floor Upper Floor
Main Porch Posts or Columns Posts or Columns
Property Features
Landscape Garden Garden, Trees Trees
Architect James Ellis and William Connery
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Notes on Context Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre is located near the shores of Georgian Bay in the heart of the Town of Meaford in rural Grey County surrounded by building of a similar period.
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Historic Owner Municipality of Meaford
Notes on History of the Property -
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Statement of Significance
Description of Property -law number 5-
Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest -town Ontario, Meaford Hall was meant to be more than a Town Hall. The building housed the council chambers and town offices. The chambers also served as a courtroom, and the basement was home to the local constabulary and two tiny jail cells. Down at the other end of the building, the Meaford Public Library welcomed generations of schoolchildren and their parents. Farmers used the basement on market day, and in time this space served as ballroom, meeting area, and Boy Scout hall.The second-floor Opera House was the cultural heart of the community. Local plays, high school graduations, concerts and famous speakers have all filled the theatre’s seats with eager audiences.The Meaford Citizens Band took to the stage on Sunday nights for years. Theatre groups and festivals staged comedy, drama and musical theatre.

For nearly a century, the Opera House has rung with music, drama and debate, and the exceptional acoustics of the room remain famous in theatrical circles today. As Mayor J.W. Horsley predicted, Meaford Hall has become “a monument to prosperity and progress”, ("About meaford hall," ) and a prominent landmark of future generations as a premiere arts and cultural centre, contributing to the community’s sense of identity.

Source: The Corporation of the Town of Meaford By-law No. 5-
Character-Defining Elements -broad stage beneath a proscenium arch
-balcony embellished with raised plasterwork acanthus leaves
-high ceilings and many tall windows
-block like braces, simple balanced design, and smooth brick surface
-period jail cells

Key elements that express the value of Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre as a landmark that continues to define the community’s history includes its:
-location in the centre of town on the corner of Nelson St. and Sykes St. a principal road running parallel to Georgian Bay
-continued use as a premiere arts and cultural centre
Legal Description (Plan and Lot Number): 12 Nelson St. E Meaford
Sources About meaford hall. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Documents:bylaw heritage designation Meaford Hall.pdf
The Corporation of the Town of Meaford By-law No. 5-91
This document is a copy of the municipal recognition of Meaford Hall as a heritage site.

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