Downtown Burlington brick farmhouse added to register of heritage buildings


Published June 23, 2022 at 3:28 pm

The two-storey, blue-grey brick building on the southeast corner of Brant and Prospect Sts. in Burlington is about to be declared a heritage structure.

At the city council meeting earlier this week, councillors approved the staff recommendation to add the property at 795 Brant St. to the Municipal Register of Cultural Heritage Resources and authorize staff to negotiate for the building’s conservation.

“I welcome all opportunities to protect and preserve Burlington’s built heritage. Heritage preservation and redevelopment can co-exist,” said Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“We’ve seen several examples in our city already where heritage buildings were incorporated into a redevelopment. This is a win-win for all.”

The property is a 168-year-old, two-storey brick farmhouse associated with a major historic farming operation by a significant local family.

The staff report refers to the property as the William Ghent/Jabez Bent House after the original builder, Jabez Bent, and subsequent farming operations by William Ghent. The report discusses the relevant decision history and heritage significance of the property.

According to the report, the building’s original form, scale and massing is intact, as is the original builder’s brickwork, fenestration and composition of the front and side elevations. Alterations to the building over time are reversible and the building is a candidate for adaptive reuse.

Staff recommend Council consider including the property on the Register and authorizing staff to negotiate for the building’s conservation.

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