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2488 Bronte Road, Oakville, Canadian Inventory of Heritage Buildings, 1971
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2488 Bronte Road, Oakville, Canadian Inventory of Heritage Buildings, 1971


This was thought to have been built by Benjamin Smith. Mr. Smith was a carriage maker in Palermo. The original property was parceled off and by the mid-20th century encompassed #2480, #2488 and #2496 Old Bronte Road. This address is not included in the December 2011 Old Bronte Road/Khalsa Gate report by the Town of Oakville. This report is linked here for your further information about the changes in Second Line aka Bronte Road aka Highway 25 aka Regional Road 25 and the historic Palermo buildings, see pages 19 and 20. It is not included in the 2011 report because in 2007 it was deemed to be in such an unsafe state of disrepair that it was removed from the Town of Oakville's Register of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value & Interest (Not Designated) and demolished. Before demolition, the owner was asked to have an expert historical record of the property made, to have an archeological site assessment during the demolition, and to salvage all saveable historic material. A photograph of the outstanding craftmanship on a door of the old house is linked here for your further information. The house was sited just south of Dundas Street, just east of Regional Road 25 on Old Bronte Road. At the time of the Parks Canada photographs, Mr. W. Bartman was the owner. Mr. W.T. Bartman was a blacksmith in Palermo. Our internet collection has photographs of Mr. Bartman working in his shop at 2480 Old Bronte Road in the 1960's, linked here for your further information. The Parks Canada construction estimate was 1865. However, the Town of Oakville puts the construction in 1822.