|Captain J. Wallace house, c. 1822|
This c.1822 frame Georgian structure sits across from the town's sandy beach. In an earlier life, it would have been front and centre for the early days as a lakeport. It has been much altered, but the doorcase which welcomed the sea-captain home is original. You have to channel the bustling and roudy lakeport life for yourself.
I learned from Jane Ashenburg's 'Going to Town' that this frame house was a character in Jane Urquhart's evocative novel Away. It "played" the Seaman's Inn, which symbolized home for two Irish immigrants. 'Away' is one of my absolute favourite novels, conjuring. most marvellously, starving Ireland, Upper Canada lakeport settlement, settlement road tragedies and rebellious Montreal of the mid-1800's.
|A little Italian palazzo- home to the Bank of Upper Canada 1857|
Of course, Port Hope doesn't have masses of heritage charm because developers just missed finding it on the way out of Toronto. The town is associated with pioneers and champions of conservation: ACO powerhouses Alice King Sculthorpe, Joan and Don Rumgay and Friends.
Tom Cruikshank and Peter Stokes write often about the town's valuable built heritage...must find out if they were townies too.
|The Bluestone, 1834, home of 'Century Home' for many years|
|a stunning Greek Revival terrace, 1852/3|
Walton Street, the historic downtown was saved by the intelligent and assertive conservation advocacy of people like Alice King Sculthorpe. Although she died in 2002, her legacy lives on at the annual ACO awards.