111-113 Dundas St, Georgian Commercial Buildings

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Significance

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 1840s by the Lawrason- Chisholm partnership, which operated a general store in the now-demolished corner portion.

The store front at 111 exhibits a good example of terrazzo walkway - a much later addition to the building's street facade.

Former Owners or Tenants

111 Dundas Street:

This building was occupied by several prominent retailers and cigar manufacturers and was occupied by the Chinese National League in the 1920s. Also owned or occupied by Peter Birtwistle, jeweller [an important businessman in the city] from 1881-1886.

  • Constructed in 1840s
  • 1840-1881: ??
  • 1881-1902: Alfred Westman, hardware
  • 1897-1901: George Kelly and Co., cigar manufacturer
  • 1904-07: R. Boyd and Son, clothing
  • 1907-08: T.L. Broderick and Co., dry goods
  • 1908-09: McMurty Hardware Co.
  • 1909-14: J.E. Young and Co., hardware
  • 1909-10: D. J. Tallant, tinsmith
  • 1915-17: Love Hardware Co.
  • 1918-20: Chown Hardware Co.1921-40: William A. Brock, sporting goods
  • 1923-1930: Chinese National League
  • 1930-45: ??
  • 1945-70: Field's Clothes
  • 1970-75: ??
  • 1975-95: Howard's Men's Wear
  • 1995-98: Dan Hasson Clothier
  • 1998-2009: ??
  • 2009 - present: Talbot Pawn[brokers]

113 Dundas Street:

This building has an early association with shoe makers and undertaking activities. In more modern times it has housed barbers and hair stylists.

  • Constructed in 1840s
  • 1840-1881: ??
  • 1881-92: Winlow Bros. boots and shoes
  • 1893-95: George Wyatt and Son, shoes
  • 1906-07: Clarke and Smith and Son, undertakers
  • 1915-30: T. Pethick Co., clothing
  • 1930-35 c.: G.S.Mullins, barber
  • 1940-45: McCollum and Graham, barbers
  • 1945-50: Earl's Men's Wear
  • 1950-55: ??
  • 1955: J. C. Kent's Men's and Boys' Wear
  • 1960-70: Charles Pace,barber
  • 1970-80: ??
  • 1980: Winter Joseph Moir Design
  • 1980: London Sheepskin and Leather Ltd.
  • 1980-2009: ????
  • 2009-present: Billy's [Downtown] Deli [Restaurant]