Milton council to discuss potential heritage designation for Edwin Earl House

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Published October 20, 2021 at 3:30 pm

A staff recommendation to designate the Edwin Earl House at 111 Mary Street in Milton under the Ontario Heritage Act will be up for discussion again at an upcoming Council meeting.

The Edwin Earl House is currently a listed historical building in Milton’s Heritage register. Town Council first considered this recommendation back in August.

At the time, the homeowner requested, through a delegation to Council, that they defer the report in order to allow further discussions with staff about proposed improvements to the property. The deferral was granted and Council requested that staff report back and provide a status update in October.

In September, staff also met with the homeowner to discuss potential options. Those that were discussed required an updated Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) to further evaluate whether the proposals would be feasible.

The owner confirmed during the meeting that 111 Mary Street merged with 107 Mary Street and that the two properties are now one lot.

The options discussed were to move the historic house at 111 closer to 107 and connecting the two residences with a “breezeway” or keeping the house located at 111 Mary at its current location.

An HIA report prepared by Robinson Heritage consulting recommends that the Edwin Earl House is “a significant heritage resource that has design or physical value and historical or associative value” and that it should be “retained and maintained.”

It goes on to note that the house is an example of mid-Victorian domestic architecture and is of provincial interest due to its association with Rev. Joseph H. Robinson, a circuit minister with the Methodist Church who is also included in the University of Toronto and Université of Laval’s “Dictionary of Canadian Biography.”

The building also has historical significance as the home of Edwin Earl, who was a former mayor of Milton, Halton County Reeve and community leader.

More information about the potential heritage designation for the Edwin Earl House will follow after it is discussed at an upcoming council meeting on Oct. 25.

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