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Burr House
Description
Media Type
Image
Item Type
Photographs
Description
A photograph of the Burr House. "In the 1820s, sawmill owner Rowland Burr built a four room Ontario cottage. It was constructed using planks laid flat one on top of each other and then spiked together and covered with rough cast plaster. The house (circa 1823) is one of the oldest of its kind in Richmond Hill. The front door is still bolted by an original iron lock turned by a four-inch key. It is thought that Burr likely produced the lumber for his house in his mill to the stream to the west. Later, he built a blacksmith shop for his father who lived with Rowland and his family. 
In 1844 Thomas Boothby purchased the buildings and carried on the blacksmith business. The house was also enlarged at this time. A three room brick addition was built on the back of the house. The addition features a large kitchen with a cooking fireplace and bakeoven. In the 1960s Burr house was acquired by the Town of Richmond Hill and today it houses a craft gallery and tearoom." (Explore Centennial Richmond Hill)
Date of Original
ca. 1860-1880
Dimensions
Width: 12.5 cm
Height: 8.5 cm
Subject(s)
Personal Name(s)
Burr, Rowland ; Boothby, Thomas
Local identifier
RH4-4
Collection
Early Days in Richmond Hill
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.87111 Longitude: -79.43725
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Contact
Richmond Hill Public Library
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

1 Atkinson St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0H5

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Burr House


A photograph of the Burr House. "In the 1820s, sawmill owner Rowland Burr built a four room Ontario cottage. It was constructed using planks laid flat one on top of each other and then spiked together and covered with rough cast plaster. The house (circa 1823) is one of the oldest of its kind in Richmond Hill. The front door is still bolted by an original iron lock turned by a four-inch key. It is thought that Burr likely produced the lumber for his house in his mill to the stream to the west. Later, he built a blacksmith shop for his father who lived with Rowland and his family. 
In 1844 Thomas Boothby purchased the buildings and carried on the blacksmith business. The house was also enlarged at this time. A three room brick addition was built on the back of the house. The addition features a large kitchen with a cooking fireplace and bakeoven. In the 1960s Burr house was acquired by the Town of Richmond Hill and today it houses a craft gallery and tearoom." (Explore Centennial Richmond Hill)