Picture St. Marys
Dr. Mathieson's house - 109 Wellington Street North


Description
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Photographs
Description:
Photo of Dr. Mathieson's former residence (located at 109 Wellington Street North). In this photo we can see the verandah and the Italianate architecture.

Reasons for Designation (1989)
This house was built in 1874 for Dr. John Hugh Mathieson and his wife, Mary Harrison, daughter of the prominent pioneer settlers Milner Harrison and Catherine Howard. Mathieson was an example of a man who was outstanding in his profession but also gave vision and leadership to the community: he was primarily responsible for the St. Marys Town Hall and his words of exhortation bear repeating both as a tribute to him but also as a partial explanation for many of the fine structure which St. Marys possesses today.
"We should not adopt a florid style of ornamentation, but yet we should not erect a perfectly plain building simply because it is cheaper. The ornamentation should be lasting and permanent character. We are not building a hall or a market for now, but for years or generations to come."
Mathieson's house, neither florid nor perfectly plain, is a handsome example of mid-Victorian building in the Italian style. It was built by Robert Barbour and in the arrangement of rooms and detailing of door and window surrounds is similar to Mount Pascoe which Barbour designed and built a few years earlier. Internal features such as original fireplaces and woodwork as well as decorative plasterwork are also designated. A portrait of Nora Clench in stained glass as well as other originally stained and etched glass and original fenestration is included in this designation.
An outstanding feature of this house is the Italianate verandah which through constant care has survived for over a century. This verandah which wraps around the west (street) façade and the south (garden) façade between two projecting bays of the house is also designated. A turn of the century photograph, here included illustrates how well preserved this verandah and its storm porch is.
Notes:
Condition: Copy is very good.

This photo was featured in the St. Marys supplement of The Toronto Mail (July 16, 1892)
Date of Original:
ca. 1892
Dimensions:
Width: 12.7 cm
Height: 10.3 cm
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 11.8cm
Image Height: 7.8cm
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
2014ph
Collection:
St. Marys Museum photo collection
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.262317 Longitude: -81.142728
Donor:
LACAC, 1994
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation:
"Dr. Mathieson's house - 109 Wellington Street North." St. Marys Museum, 2014ph.
Terms of Use:
Reproduction of digital objects is restricted to fair use for personal study or research, any other use must be done with permission of copyright holder.
Reproduction Notes:
This image is a watermarked low resolution reproduction.
High resolution images are available at the St. Marys Museum for a fee.
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177 Church Street South,

P.O. Box 998,

St. Marys, Ontario.

N4X 1B6

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Dr. Mathieson's house - 109 Wellington Street North


Photo of Dr. Mathieson's former residence (located at 109 Wellington Street North). In this photo we can see the verandah and the Italianate architecture.

Reasons for Designation (1989)
This house was built in 1874 for Dr. John Hugh Mathieson and his wife, Mary Harrison, daughter of the prominent pioneer settlers Milner Harrison and Catherine Howard. Mathieson was an example of a man who was outstanding in his profession but also gave vision and leadership to the community: he was primarily responsible for the St. Marys Town Hall and his words of exhortation bear repeating both as a tribute to him but also as a partial explanation for many of the fine structure which St. Marys possesses today.
"We should not adopt a florid style of ornamentation, but yet we should not erect a perfectly plain building simply because it is cheaper. The ornamentation should be lasting and permanent character. We are not building a hall or a market for now, but for years or generations to come."
Mathieson's house, neither florid nor perfectly plain, is a handsome example of mid-Victorian building in the Italian style. It was built by Robert Barbour and in the arrangement of rooms and detailing of door and window surrounds is similar to Mount Pascoe which Barbour designed and built a few years earlier. Internal features such as original fireplaces and woodwork as well as decorative plasterwork are also designated. A portrait of Nora Clench in stained glass as well as other originally stained and etched glass and original fenestration is included in this designation.
An outstanding feature of this house is the Italianate verandah which through constant care has survived for over a century. This verandah which wraps around the west (street) façade and the south (garden) façade between two projecting bays of the house is also designated. A turn of the century photograph, here included illustrates how well preserved this verandah and its storm porch is.