PHOTOlog | a fall drive ONTARIO

early ontario brick farmhouse with gingerbread trim

A red brick Ontario Gothic farmhouse at Leaskdale. The “wing” with the cornice-returns may be the earliest-built. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, October 2015

Impressive grave memorial, byzantine-style crypt, Ontario, Canada

The Thomas Foster memorial, a Byzantine-style crypt built by a former Toronto mayor in 1935. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, October 2015

ONTARIO County | Scott Township

PHOTOlog | bypass the bypass ONTARIO

historic country church, Ontario, Canada, residential conversion

When a parkway/highway is built to curve around a small town in rural Ontario, sometimes one misses a bright corner of the world. Brakes were built to be used. Manchester Primitive Methodist Church, 1866. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, May 2015

Another bright spot in a iffy-weather day in Manchester.  Photo credit: Lisa Rance, May 2015

Another bright spot on an iffy-weather day in Manchester. History all around, but this was shiny! Photo credit: Lisa Rance, May 2015

ONTARIO County | Reach Township

PHOTOlog | rubble stone walls ONTARIO

rubble stonemasonry, Beaverton, Ontario

One of the oldest buildings in Beaverton, 305 Simcoe Street was originally the miller’s house. Rubble stone wall construction with 12 over 12 windows. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, May 2015

ONTARIO County | Thorah Township

PHOTOlog | log house cobblestone hearth ONTARIO

log house, cobblestone chimney, moved to pioneer museum, Ontario, Canada

The homestead of Mara’s first settler, Patrick Corrigan | An 1850’s log house, originally in Mara, now moved to the Beaver River Museum in Beaverton. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, Feb 2017 and May 2015

ONTARIO County | Mara Township

PHOTOlog | historical preservation ONTARIO

pre-Confederation stone farmhouse moved and preserved, Lindsay, Ontario

Now at 55 Albert St. N., Lindsay. Built in Brock Township in 1852 and moved to Lindsay in 1934. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, May 2015

ONTARIO County | Brock Township

PHOTOlog | birrell’s good friends ONTARIO

Scottish importer and developer of Canadian shorthorn cattle breed, Pickering, Ontario

Scottish-born Ebenezer Birrell (1801-1888), with other local farmers, imported the cattle that became the progenitors of the Canadian shorthorn breed. A landscape painter, Birrell produced an award-winning oil on canvas of a pastoral scene – called Good Friends. Here, transposed as ghostly figures on a corner of his land in north Pickering, are some of Birrell’s good friends. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, October 2014

government annexation and destruction of heritage, failed planning, east of Toronto, Ontario

Not abandoned. The Canadian government annexed the Pickering “Airport Lands” in the 1970’s without having followed through with the development of a regional airport. It leaves the perimeter communities in limbo. Activist group Land over Landings seeks to restore these areas to agriculture, and to halt the destruction of heritage structures. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, August 2011

ONTARIO County | Pickering Township

PHOTOlog | quaker heritage ONTARIO

Quaker meeting house, Uxbridge, Ontario

Quaker Meeting House, Uxbridge, est. 1820. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, July 2014

ONTARIO County | Uxbridge Township

PHOTOlog | scottish stonemasonry ONTARIO

Scottish stonemasonry east of Toronto, pre-Confederation architecture

The 1856 John Calder House, 7675 Thickson Road North, Whitby. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, July 2014

ONTARIO County | Whitby Township

PHOTOlog | going gone ONTARIO

heritage stone house to be demolished for highway 407 extension east of toronto

Slated for demolition to make way for the Highway 407 Extension, 1396 Winchester Rd. E. north of Oshawa. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, July 2014

ONTARIO County | Whitby East Township