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Common Name The Robert Hammond House
Municipal Address 491 Pearl Street

Building Demolished No
Local Municipality Burlington
Province Ontario
Construction Date 1872
Type of Recognition Individual Designation of Property
Architect N/A
Notes on the Design or Physical Value -and-a-half-storey vernacular Carpenter Gothic house. The end gables and the steeply pitched central front gable have fine "gingerbread" bargeboard trim, which was featured in the LACAC Poster, "Gables of Burlington (1989). The window in the front gable is arched. It and the other windows, double-hung two-over-two, have their original frames. A small window at the rear and the many-paned side window in the original summer kitchen are also oyiginal. The rectangular windows have simple drip edges at the top. Most of the original shutters remain and are in good condition. The interior has been altered, but many original doors, including the front door, remain. The original interior door casings are simple but well made. The original baseboards have been partly retained and repaired. There is a lowceilinged
basement beneath the front half of the house, with a rubblestone foundation.

In style, this house is very comparable to that at 393 Pearl Street (also built in 1872), which in 1990 was defaced by large display windows. It may also be compared to two houses illustrated in Martha Craig, The Garden of Canada (1902): "Residence of C. Smith, Port Nelson" on p. 28 (with different gingerbread on the centre gable); and "Cherry Grove, residence of N. Cotter, Esq, Port Nelson", p. 48 (without gingerbread). In these (unidentified) houses there is a simple front stoop before the central door, which has a transom window above. Such a transom may be concealed beneath the new siding at 491 Pearl Street. The chimney on the right side of this house is also missing; stove-
Sources City of Burlington
Notes on Context The location of the house at the comer of Pearl Street and Maria Street, next to Lions Park, makes it a neighbourhood landmark, of importance in maintaining the character of this heritage district. Its large well[nowiki]-[/nowiki]kept garden also makes an important contribution. Two mature trees have recently been lost, but the 1991 streetscaping of Maria and Pearl Streets, with periodstyle streetlamps and three newly planted Maples, enhances the heritage qualities of the nighbourhood.
Sources City of Burlington
Sources City of Burlington
Statement of Significance
Date Designated 23/11/1992
By-law Number 135-1992
Description of Property 's work remains: the end gables and small central front gable are decorated with fine "gingerbread" bargeboards, and the house also retains most of its original doors, windows, shutters, and trim. The house with its garden, located at the corner of Pearl and Maria Streets, makes a significant contribution to the preservation of this heritage neighbourhood'
Legal Description (Plan and Lot Number): Pt Lots 4 & 5, Plan 92
Sources City of Burlington
Documents:491 Pearl Street.pdf
491 Pearl Street Designation Bylaw. © City of Burlington

Last updated 2016-02-01 22:38:40.989
Group City of Burlington
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Date Added April 10, 2014
Last Modified By Jenna Puletto
Date Last Modified February 1, 2016
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