Royal Road heritage property officially designated

(Gazette file photo)

Council approved the designation of a local heritage property this week.

Councillors voted in favour of a motion to officially designate the Cermak Farm Complex at 1071 Royal Road in Milford under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Members of the Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee (PEHAC) worked with the property owners on the designation and the owners agree with designating the property. The 30-day window to appeal the designation ended on Dec. 1 and no appeals were received.

The 19th century complex consists of a one-and-a-half-storey brick masonry house with a masonry rear wing, one small barn, and one large barn. A staff report presented to council back in September says the house has heritage value because of its design quality, siting, and its high degree of aesthetic sensibility. The house is also considered to have contextual value because it helps define the architectural character of Royal Road.

“The placement of the buildings in relation to the roadway has established a significantly unique streetscape,” the report says.

The large barn has value because of its rural craftsmanship and association with 19th century agricultural life in South Marysburgh. The small barn has design value as it represents a transitional period between post-and-beam construction and later wood stud framing.