The Oakville Museum Coach House Restoration Project will create a much anticipated addition to the Oakville Museum’s cultural and heritage programming capacity.
The Coach House is a 121-year-old heritage building that has had many roles over the years, including its most recent use as a storage facility for the Museum. Construction work is currently underway and is anticipated to be complete by fall 2021.
The project team will work to mitigate these impacts whenever possible.
The Coach House was constructed for Allan Chisholm ca. 1899 as part of large landscaping renovation project of the Erchless Estate and designed by Dick and Wickson, a leading Toronto architectural firm. Firm partner Frank Wickson served as president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and was responsible for high-profile commissions such as Timothy Eaton Memorial Church and original Toronto Reference Library.
Built in the Shingle Style, popular around the turn of the 20th century, this style is noted for its extensive use of wood shingles, hence the name. This general architectural style is also known as the Arts and Craft style. Other Victorian styles of the period were quite ornate but the shingle-style was simple in form and detailing. The Coach House is the best preserved example of this style within Oakville.
The Coach House was used as a carriage house, garage, residence and even housed the pediatrics practice of Dr. Juliet Chisholm in the middle of the 20th century. It’s most recent use as artifact storage is no longer needed, since new space at the Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural and Community Centre is available has been created, providing the opportunity to redevelop the Coach House for public use.
Public consultation was held over the summer of 2016 as part of the process to explore potential future uses of the Coach House. Objective exploration of uses for the building This work was led by TCI Management Consultants & ATA Architects Inc. and town staff. The recommended preferred option for restoration in keeping with heritage, neighbourhood and town’s Cultural Plan, was approved by Council in January 2017.
If you have questions about the Coach House project in general please contact, Julian Kingston, Supervisor, Museum, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-845-6601, ext. 5016.
This project is supported by the Federal Gas Tax Fund.