Notice of Intention to Designate - 1072 Tanglewood Drive

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
On October 16, 2023, Oakville Town Council resolved to pass a Notice of Intention to Designate the following property under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.18, as amended, as a property of cultural heritage value and interest:

Westwood House
1072 Tanglewood Court
Part Lot 21, CON 4 Trafalgar, South of Dundas Street, as in 705195;

Description of Property

The Westwood House property is located at 1072 Tanglewood Court on the north side of Lakeshore Road West, west of Fourth Line. The property contains a late 19th century two-storey stone house.

Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest


Design and Physical Value

The Westwood House building has design and physical value as vernacular building constructed with influences from the Late Georgian and Craftsman architectural styles. Constructed in the early to mid-1890s, the building’s symmetrical massing, order, and formality are representative of classical Georgian style architecture. Craftsman style elements, include its use of local stone, its deep porch, and its deep projecting eaves. The house is a rare example in Oakville of a house constructed completely of stone, with a mix of both lakestone and what appears to be sandstone. 

Historical and Associative Value

The Westwood House property has historical value because of its direct associations with the Heaven family who built and first occupied the subject building. The Heavens were affluent and well-connected individuals who owned a number of prominent houses in Oakville and Halton County, most of which still remain today as protected heritage properties. The property is also associated with the Teskey family who owned the property for over 40 years. Dr. Teskey served as a local doctor, providing much needed service to the local community.

Contextual Value

The Westwood House building has contextual value because it is physically and historically linked to its surroundings. While the neighbourhood has grown and changed around the house, it remains in its original location and its historic connection to Lakeshore Road is still evident. The building has cultural heritage value as it serves as a reminder of Trafalgar Township’s early, predominantly agrarian culture; and the area’s subsequent transition to a largely European-centric settlement during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Description of Heritage Attributes

Key attributes of Westwood House that exemplify its value as a unique example of a vernacular late 19th century home built with influences from the Georgian and Craftsman architectural styles, include the following:
  • The footprint and form of: the two-storey main structure with hip roof, the one-storey north wing with gable roof; and the one-storey south porch with flat roof;
  • Dichromatic stone construction using lakestone and sandstone, including stone chimney, stone sills and lintels, and all decorative stonework such as quoins and ‘trimwork’;
  • Stone walls, steps and pillars of the south-facing porch, including the short stone pillars on the balcony;
  • Exposed wood eaves with decorative wood brackets on both the house and south-facing porch;
  • Wood fascia and soffits throughout the house and wood porch ceiling;
  • Fenestration of the west, south and east elevation of the two-storey structure;
  • Fenestration of the north elevation of the one-storey structure;
  • Original front entrance including wood panelled door with circular window, wood panelled sidelights with oval windows, arched transom window, and wood columns and trimwork between these units; and
  • The orientation of the building towards Lakeshore Road West.
Any objection to this designation must be filed no later than November 17, 2023.  Objections must be directed to the Town Clerk at or 1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario L6H 0H3. The objection must include the reasons for the objection and all relevant facts.

Further information respecting this proposed designation is available from the Town of Oakville. Any inquiries may be directed to Carolyn Van Sligtenhorst, Supervisor of Heritage Conservation at 905-845-6601, ext.3875 (TTY 905-338-4200), or by email at

Issued at the Town of Oakville on October 18, 2023.