Spruce Villa Addition Construction, 1948

Marjorie Ruddy, Photographer
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Item Types:
Black and white negative showing the construction of the foundation for the addition to Spruce Villa hotel.
This farmhouse was originally constructed in 1872 at 734 Dundas Street West. It was owned by William Clendenan (1826-1906). Around 1918, this property was purchased by Mrs. W.H. Weddell and she turned the house into one of the first bread and breakfasts in Whitby. She renamed the house Spruce Villa because of the line of spruce trees along the property.

In 1924, a small addition was put onto the house. Then in 1927, the brickwork of the house was painted. In 1943, Dr. Florence Purdy took over the hotel. In 1948, a new building was built to entirely surround the farmhouse. The farmhouse remained within the structure. The property was sold to Martin Chizen in 1953.

Spruce Villa continued operation as a hotel until the 1970s. It was demolished June 1, 2000.
Date of Original:
July 1948
Date Of Event:
July 1948
Width: 5 in
Height: 3 in
Personal Name(s):
Ruddy, Marjorie Georgina
Corporate Name(s):
Spruce Villa Hotel
Local identifier:
Whitby Online Historic Photographs Collection
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.8773554518986 Longitude: -78.9544379711351
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Copyright Statement:
This item is protected by the Canadian Copyright Act and is intended for one-time use only. Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). It is your responsibility for obtaining these permissions.
Copyright Date:
Copyright Holder:
Marjorie Ruddy
Recommended Citation:
Spruce Villa Addition Construction, 1948, Marjorie Ruddy. Whitby Archives, 17-026-015.
Reproduction Notes:
Scanned from a black and white large format negative.
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Spruce Villa Addition Construction, 1948

Black and white negative showing the construction of the foundation for the addition to Spruce Villa hotel.