Visiting Boyle House, Brampton, Ontario: Dating from circa 1860 in Second Empire Style
Pre-Confederation structure in present-day Downtown Brampton
In Ontario's Peel region, in the City of Brampton, at 44 Main Street South is one of the City's oldest buildings, Boyle House (1).
The pre-Confederation building dates from 1860. Executed in Second Empire style, it evidences windows set in a variation on mansard roofing and a prominent front porch, with staircase and pillars.
Adjacent to Boyle House is St. Paul's United Church, where, for several years in the late 19th century, a member of the Boyle family served as minister.
As the name of the building suggests, its early history was bound up with the prominent, local Boyle family, which had interests in bookselling and in a local drug store.
The building currently serves as a commercial property. Originally the structure was built using red brick; but its current stucco exterior was added in the 20th century (2).
Ordinarily Boyle House is not open to the public except for during its business function. It may be viewed from Main Street South.
To set Boyle House in the context of Brampton's historical timeline, the settlement which became known as Brampton was so named in 1834, some 26 years before the structure was built; the village of Brampton dated from 1853; and town status came in 1873, some 13 years after Boyle House came into existence (3).
May 9, 2018
(1) See also: https://www.inbrampton.com/top-5-oldest-places-in-downtown-brampton
(2) See also: http://www.brampton.ca/EN/City-Hall/Bylaws/Archive/109-1995.pdf
(3) For a full Brampton historical timeline, see: http://www.brampton.ca/en/Arts-Culture-Tourism/Tourism-Brampton/Visitors/Pages/BramptonHistoryTimeline.aspx
Also worth seeing
In Brampton itself, Bovaird House is an historic residence open to the public. The Dominion Building and a number of church buildings are of architectural merit, as is the building in which the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, close to Boyle House, are housed.
Black Creek Pioneer Village , Toronto (distance: approx. 23 kilometres) has a much visited collection of historic structures.
How to get there: Air Canada, flies to Toronto Pearson Airport, with wide North American and other connections, from where car rental is available. (Distance from Toronto Pearson Airport to 44 Main Street South, Brampton : approx. 19 kilometres). is on Brampton Transit Bus Route 502. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.
MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.
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