Success! Historic Canadian Property Saved


Historic buildings everywhere heaved a creak of relief as the Pickering town council in Ontario, Canada voted to grant a West Shore house protection under the Ontario Heritage Act.

“Your voices were heard, and made a difference!” exclaims petition author Bruce Smith. “At a town council meeting on April 16, 2012, the councillors and mayor of Pickering voted unanimously to designate this house a heritage home.”

The Georgian-inspired gray stone house at 560 Park Crescent was built in the 1850s, and has enchanted the community ever since. A charming remnant of the days when Scots inhabited the area, part of its architectural significance lies in its exquisite masonry details.

“Land registry dates the first land patent to 1796,” explains Bruce. “The early construction and integrity of the structure set this homestead apart in the community and make it an integral part of Pickering’s heritage and cultural history.”

Thank you, Care2 members, for signing this petition and making a difference!


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Huber F.
Huber F.4 years ago

good on you..

Dale Overall

Glad to see a heritage building has been preserved and despite the opinion of one person who is upset about the fact that native plants are endangered and that saving a building shows our screwed up priorities in life...well there is always room for preserving both the environment and historical buildings-why either or?

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Good news, these beautiful places are soooo worth preserving!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Good news, these beautiful places are soooo worth preserving!

Kari Knabe
Kari Knabe4 years ago


Duane B.
.4 years ago

It's always nice to hear good news and know that people can make a difference.

Berny P.
Berny p.4 years ago

Great news for the day!

Rose Becke4 years ago

good news

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for the information

Virginia M.
V.S. M.4 years ago

I live in a place where the native plants are being wiped out which is resulting in changes in hydrological cycles, loss of wildlife and birds, and increased fire dangers. What is coming in is nonnative exotic annual grasses. I cannot understand why we do not see native plants and wildlife as preserving our North American history even more importantly than any building. Plus our native plants provide ecosystem services. A building does not. All this story does for me is confirm how screwed up we are at understanding what it is we really should be preserving--our native plants which are far more historically significant than any building.