This Italianate Brick Veneer home, noticeably recognized for its pale blue brick colour with white trim, is located at 374 Maple Avenue South, Burford. This home has a Burford Recognition Plaque for its Heritage and is built circa 1885. The swimming pool located on the property was used to teach the local children how to swim. Much of the original features of the home still stand.1
1885 – Home was constructed1
???? – Addition added to the back of the house1
This holds a mudroom, seating area and laundry room.
???? – Roof of the addition was raised1
???? –George and Ivonne Collions purchased home1
???? – Boys room was renovated1
This may have been the servant's quarters. Wallpaper was added, flooring was carpeted, shelving added to the walls and ceiling tiled.
???? – Wallpaper added throughout the home1
???? – Back porch added1
1969 - Reavie Family purchased home1
???? - Living room renovation took place1
Large shelving built into the walls, decorative trim added to the windows, ceiling wallpaper added, fireplace added, walls painted yellow and original floor stripped and sanded.
???? - Boys room changed to office1
???? - Front door glass replaced1
???? - Stucco addition added to the very back of home. It is a cozy living area1
1972 – In-ground pool added1
Pamela Reavie taught swimming lessons to the local children.
???? - Upstairs closet built1
???? - Master bedroom flooring redone1
???? - Dining room renovated1
Trim painted, original flooring stripped and sanded, windows replaced, ceiling wallpapered, and blue floral wallpaper added to the walls.
???? - Office room changed to bedroom1
???? - Bedroom room changed to kitchen1
???? - Kitchen cupboards redone1
Original flooring was stripped and sanded and window was replaced.
???? - Back porch extended to make an enclosed seating space1
???? - Garage torn down and a new one built in its place1
???? - Ramp towards living space added1
???? - Upstairs bedroom redone1
Boy's room changed into a girl's room. Chimney was removed, original floors stripped and sanded, original door painted white and green, new windows added, walls painted green, one wall has stripped green wallpaper on it, bed curtains added and ceiling redone.
???? - Another bedroom redone1
Dubbed the "red/white/blue" room for its colour scheme. It has burlap walls with photographs on them. Wallpaper (red/white/blue stripes) was added along the sides of the bay window. Original floor was stripped and sanded. Stove was removed and ceiling redone.
???? - Master bedroom was redone1
Ceiling was redone and wallpaper was added to it. Blue walls were repainted. The Collin's built shelving units into the walls.
2017 - Interior walls in the front hall were painted blue1
Wallpaper was removed and wall was painted dark vibrant blue.
Summary of Inhabitants
Born in 1936 to parent’s A.G Cooke and Edna Day in Brantford. A.G Cooke owned a successful printing business and passed away at the young age of 53. Edna’s father owned a successful business college. Pamela was the oldest of five children and spent a lot of time babysitting. She went to the University of Toronto for Fine Arts and this has given her a great eye for detail and design within her home. In 1982, she was Citizen of the Year for teaching the local children how to swim. After moving around a bit, she settled in Burford which has been her home for 48 years. Her favourite colour is blue hence the blue brick exterior and various shades of blue within the home.1
This Italianate brick veneer home is a large two-storey bay with decorative quoining built circa 1885. The central frontispiece has a large broken pediment with paired cornice brackets. The second story central window is round headed and multi-paned. All windows are simple one over one sash double hung with slip sills. The front door is a double leaf two-panel original door, though the glass has since been replaced. The right side of the home features another two-storey bay with decorative quoining. It has simple sash double hung windows with slip sills. It also features a porch addition with simple one over one sash windows. It is believed that the second half of the house was added later on. This second half now features a mud room, laundry room, and sitting area. The left side of the house features six simple one over one sash windows. A stucco addition was later added to the back of the home. The basement features original fieldstone foundation; the floor has been cemented. All the doors, stairs and flooring is original in the interior of the home. All floors have been stripped and sanded. Many interior changes have been made as the years have passed but none that have risked the integrity of the historical home.
- Reavie, Pamela. Personal interview. July 2017.
- Reavie, Pamela. Personal interview. July, 2017.