Notice of intention to designate - 405 Galt Avenue

Thursday, July 13, 2023
On July 10, 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:

Lunau House
405 Galt Avenue
Part Lots 201 and 202, PLAN 113; Town of Oakville

Description of Property

The property at 405 Galt Avenue is a large property located on the north side of Galt Avenue, between Douglas Avenue and Watson Avenue in the Brantwood neighbourhood. The property contains a two-and-a-half storey brick house built in 1928.

Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest

Design and Physical Value

The subject house has design and physical value as a representative example of the Colonial Revival architectural style popular in Ontario in the early- to mid-20th century. The house was built in 1928 with a typical Colonial Revival style symmetrical façade with centered front and rear dormers and a side-gabled roof. It has a symmetrical fenestration around the entire house, and a centered door with covered porch supported by full height columns. The home has unique matching Colonial-style balustrades on the north and south sides of the home and quarter lunette windows on the north and south elevations.

Historical and Associative Value

The home has cultural heritage value for its direct associations with the development of the local residential area known as ‘Brantwood’, an early 20th century subdivision of Oakville. Its presence contributes to the relatively intact historic development of Brantwood. The property yields information that contributes to the understanding of the development of the local community and demonstrates the types of architectural styles and thinking that were popular at the time, in this case the late 1920s and early 1930s. It is connected to two local families, both of which lived in the home for extended periods of time. E.P. Lunau had the home built for his family when he owned the property. He went on to be a local dry goods merchant in Oakville for over twenty years and operated a store in downtown Oakville. The building, called the Lunau Block, was built in 1922 and still stands today. The Bovey family purchased the home in 1978 and lived there until 2022.

Contextual Value

The subject property has contextual value because it supports and maintains the historical residential character of the Brantwood neighbourhood. It is particularly important on Galt Avenue, as several older homes have been redeveloped and empty lots filled with newer homes. It is physically, functionally, visually, and historically linked to the surrounding residential neighbourhood and places the Brantwood area’s origins in a specific timeframe, helping to tell the larger story of Oakville and its development in the 20th century. 

Description of Heritage Attributes

Key heritage attributes of the property at 405 Galt Avenue that exemplify its cultural heritage value, as they relate to the two-and-a-half storey house and the two one-storey side wings, include:
  • The symmetrical massing and form of the two-and-a-half storey gable-roofed building anchored by the two 1 storey flat-roofed wings;
  • Two gable-roofed dormers clad in wood shingles with wood cornice, soffits, and cornice returns;
  • Multi-coloured brick cladding in running bond, including brick headers above doors and windows;
  • Two matching brick chimneys;
  • Front gable-roofed porch with six round tapered columns and two half square tapered columns, wood soffits, wood fascia, and wood trim;
  • Front entrance with paneled wood door, sidelights with wood panels and leaded glass, and triple fanlight with spiderweb-style leaded glass;
  • Fenestration of the windows and doors on all elevations, excluding the second storey door on the east elevation;
  • The use of 6/1 wood windows with simple wood trim throughout the house;
  • Four quarter lunette windows on the north and south elevations;
  • Stone window and door sills;
  • Wood soffits, fascia, and frieze; and
  • The design, shape and of the balustrades over the one-storey side wings.
The two-storey rear sunroom addition and one-storey detached garage are not considered to be of significant cultural heritage value.

Any objection to this designation must be filed no later than August 14, 2023. Objections should be directed to the Town Clerk, 1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario L6H 0H3.

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

The last date to file a notice of objection is August 14, 2023.