Heritage District - London, Ontario

 201 Dundas Street, London Quick Lunch

201, Dundas was built in 1907/08 in the Roman Revival architectural style. This is a fairly unique example of this architectural style in the downtown. The storefront cornice with large dentil brackets, the concrete voussoirs over the second floor windows+

 329 St. George Street, Thornwood

Thornwood is located at 329 St. George Street, on the west side of St. George Street, north of Cromwell Street, backing on to Gibbons Park, in the City of London. The two-and-a-half-storey white brick residence was constructed in 1852, and the property in+

 179 Dundas Street, Lombardo's Tailor Shop (father of Guy Lombardo)

This 1921 building reflecting a plain red brick commercial style was initially J.M. Thomson ladies" wear and was involved for subsequent decades in hat sales, hair styling and beauty parlours. Before this building was erected, the most important tenant+

 206 Dundas Street, Bowles'Lunch

This building, which was erected in 1928, reflects a commercial architectural style popular in North America in the 1920s. It was built by the restaurant chain Bowles Lunch to catch the theatre crowd from the Allen"s (later Capitol) next door and Loew"s a+

 Audio Interviews - Heritage District - London, Ontario

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 194 Dundas Street, Loew's or Century Theatre

The Loew's (later Century) Theatre was built in 1920 by Marcus Loew. The architecture is the typical commercial style used for such buildings throughout North America in the 1920s. The Loew's/Century theatre was in operation from 1920 until about 1985.+

 255 Dufferin Avenue, London Life Insurance Company

The premises of London Life, London"s own home-grown insurance company, were built in 1927 in a Neo-Classical Revival style. A.O. Jeffery, president of London Life at the time, laid the cornerstone of the company"s Dufferin Street head office in 1926. Fit+

 203 Dundas Street, Hawthorn Hotel

203, Dundas Street was originally the Hawthorn Hotel, one of the few hotels in London to appear on Dundas Street. Before the era of the automobile, hotels in London were more likely to be located in the main business districts and close to the train stati+

 476 Richmond Street, Anglican Diocese Mutual Fire Insurance

This structure was built expressly for the finance and insurance companies that were booming in the late nineteenth century. The architecture of this building hints at a style that would become popular in the first two decades of the twentieth century: Ed+

 434 Richmond Street, Wong’s

Built in 1866 reflecting an Italianate architectural style, this building was first occupied by Robert Lewis, a famous manufacturer of stained glass and a dealer in wall paper and house decorations. The bay window on the second floor still testifies to th+

 268 Dundas Street, Metropolitan Hotel Horseman's

This building, erected around 1888 in the Second Empire style, was first owned by Edward Horseman, proprietor of Horseman House. The building at 268, Dundas Street was also a hotel, the Metropolitan Hotel, and later housed both London Life Insurance Compa+

 182 Dundas Street, Nash's

John A. Nash, formerly a salesman for Young"s Jewellers, opened his first jewellery store in 1918. Nash"s, which is set to close in 2015, has been located at 182, Dundas since 1920. The beautifully decorated ormalu façade installed on the ground floor is+

 387 Clarence Street, Featherbone Place

A group of factories producing cigars, shoes and clothing, and centred mainly on Clarence Street between Dundas and York Streets, went up in the late 1880s and 1890s. This was due to a boom sparked by immigration, the settling of the Canadian West, and a +

 204 Dundas Street, Capitol Allen Theatre

204, Dundas still maintains the façade of what used to be the Capitol Theatre, formerly known as the Allen Theatre. Londoners remember the premiere Saturday nights of many classic films and the long queues that used to form all the way round the corner o+

 167 Dundas Street, Cook's

This building, erected in the red brick commercial style in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, was initially associated with the Bank of London. It may have been built specifically to house this ill-fated bank which folded after only a couple of +

 175 Dundas Street, Scandrett's

John and Joseph Scandrett, two brothers from London township still in their twenties, entered the grocery business in 1860 in partnership with their brother-in-law, Frederick A. Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald would eventually become President of Imperial Oil and +

 134 Dundas Street, Mara's

134, Dundas is associated with its long time tenant Mara"s textiles store. The building was erected in the Art Deco architectural style, and its storefront was patterned with a diamond design that copies the raised design around the perimeter of the faça+

 430-432 Richmond Street, London Free Press

In 1849, the Canadian Free Press, the brainchild of William Sutherland, entered the media world in London (ON). When its first issue appeared on January 2nd 1849, it found itself in competition with other existing newspapers and journals. These were: Jose+

 144 Dundas Street, Beltz

This building famously housed the hat shop of Edmond Beltz, London"s best-known nineteenth century hat maker. Hats, for both women and men, were an important part of nineteenth-century attire and often marked one"s wealth and status. London in the late 18+

 228-230 Dundas Street, Ontario Furniture

In 1910 Arthur and Oliver Keene, together with their cousin Norman, formed the Ontario Furniture Company Limited and opened a store at 228-230, Dundas Street, where it would remain until 1969. Literally a palace of home furnishings, the building was desig+

 83-89 Dundas Street, Union Block

The Union Block at 83-89 Dundas is one of a number of commercial blocks that went up in the last quarter of the 19th century. It is made up of four segments but when it was built it probably had five. These blocks can be easily identified because they are+

 220 Dundas Street, Huron & Erie

By the 1860s London and its local financial services were maturing. Building societies, which had been popular during the 1840s and 1850s, were replaced by savings and loan companies. Like building societies, savings and loan companies were the brainchild+

 140 Dundas Street, The Grand and Gibbons

The Grand and Gibbons was built in 1912. It was designed in an early Art Deco style for Sir George Gibbons by the architectural firm John Watt and Victor Blackwell. From 1912 until 1984 it housed the popular Metropolitan Stores, initially known as Brewste+

 142 Dundas Street, Chisholm Building

In nineteenth-century London, dry goods merchants were among the city"s mercantile high class. The Forest City, so called not because of its tree-lined streets but because for many years it inhabited a cleared space in the encompassing forest, was expande+

 125 Dundas Street, Cowan’s

For a long time 125, Dundas Street was the address of Cowan"s Hardware Store. Hardware dealers tended to gravitate to the south side of Dundas between Richmond and Talbot Streets, partly because of this area"s proximity to the market. Cowan"s was probably+

 122 Dundas Street, Fanny Goose’s Clothes Shop

Following the Great Fire of 1845, Dundas Street near the market was quickly reconstructed. This does not mean that outbreaks of fire no longer plagued the downtown. In the poverty-stricken years of 1857, 1858 and 1859, when many London businesses went bus+

  111-113 Dundas Street, Billy’s

In the 1830s and 1840s, when London was still a village, its buildings, like those in many other towns in Upper Canada, were mainly made of wood, and so fire outbreaks threatened the whole community. "The Great Fire," one of the city"s worst, occurred in +

 163-165 Dundas Street, Edge Block

This building at the southeast corner of Dundas and Richmond Streets is known as the Edge Block. Locals used to refer to this intersection as "the Four Corners." William T. Edge, who upon his death in 1918 was one of the oldest druggists in Canada, built +

 229-231 Dundas Street, Mechanics Institute

London"s Mechanics" Institute was first organized in 1835 and was the third such institute to be established in Canada. The idea, which had originated in Britain around 12 years earlier, was to provide the working man with an inexpensive means of furtheri+

 213-215 Dundas Street, Duffield Block

The Duffield Block, originally known as Spettigue Hall, was built in 1871 by Joseph J. Spettigue, a native of Cornwall, England. He came to the Canadas in the 1840s and, in 1855, opened a general store on the corner of Dundas and Clarence streets in Londo+

 109-111 King Street, Whiskey Row

By the late 1800s, Covent Garden Market was the place for residents of London to come and purchase food for their families. On Saturday nights, the farmers" market opened up to other vendors who would travel great distances from outlying areas in order to+

 103-105 King Street, Burridge Block

Burridge BlockThe Burridge Block, situated on the southwest corner of King and Talbot Streets, was built in 1881 by John Burridge, a boot and shoe maker. A successful businessman, Burridge lost his life tragically on election night of January 3, 1898, whe+

 130 Dundas Street, Kingsmill's Department Store

Kingsmill"s Department Store - an iconic presence on Dundas Street for 149 years. +

 122 Dundas Street, Georgian Commercial Building

This narrow three-storey building at 122 Dundas Street is the best-preserved of downtown buildings constructed after the Great Fire of 1845. The fire, which started in the Robinson Hall Hotel (the first London hotel, located at the South-East corner of+

 268 Dundas Street, Horseman House

The building at 268 Dundas Street was first known as Horseman House, and was built in c.1888 for Edward Horseman. It housed drug sellers like Barkwell, Williams, Logan, Keays, and Anderson and Nelles. This is also the last wing of the former Metropoli+

 111-113 Dundas St, Georgian Commercial Buildings

The first layer of architecture in the downtown of London, Ontario is broadly defined as the period prior to Confederation, dominated by styles popular in the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain. This block was probably built in the late 1+