Posted 11.4.18 @ 0:0 by: Staff

The Brown Family Estate is one of the most culturally significant sites in Oakville and as such, the Oakville town council recently passed a notice of intention meaning to designate the Brown Family Estate as a place of cultural heritage and interest.

Location and Description

The Brown Family Estate property, located at 1042 Sixth Line, Oakville, Ontario is an irregularly-shaped 5.13-acre land just north of the Queen Elizabeth Way and west of Sixth Line surrounded by residential properties. The property also crosses with the Sixteen Mile Creek Valley on its southwestern part. Most of the property is within the creek valley with the main residence located along the side of the steep drop in elevation. A rubble stone lined footpath connects a small plateau to the residence. Coniferous and deciduous trees lay adjacent to the house framing the residence together with the other structural elements in place.

Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest

The Brown Family Estate has cultural heritage interest or heritage value because of its contextual value, physical value and design value, and historical/associative value. It lends a lot of richness to Oakville’s heritage and culture by merely existing where it is and as it is. The design/physical value of the property is a prime example of the aesthetics valued by the Arts and Crafts movement. The way the three-storey residence was built shows a deep respect for a design style that complements the building’s natural setting and the man-made landscape features reflect this as well.

As for the Sixteen Mile Creek, it has associative value being a natural feature of marked significance to the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Add to this the fact that the property is associated with prominent Oakville figure Stuart Brown, it is easy to see why the Brown Family Estate ought to be recognised as a site of importance for Oakville’s culture and heritage.

The summary of the main reasons why the property deserves to be regarded as a property with cultural and heritage importance are as follows:

  • The rubblestone gateposts and entrance walls;
  • The formal entrance drive which is planted on both sides with mature spruce that forms a Y-shape as it opens towards the main entrance;
  • The design of the house grounds with the careful placement of the coniferous and deciduous trees;
  • The design of the house grounds that feature the terrace of land that can be accessed from the back of the house which is lined with a low stone wall;
  • The formal cedar hedge bordering the planned landscape;
  • The design of the house’s orientation together with how the windows were placed to frame the majestic views of the lawn and creek valley.

The announcement to designate the Brown Family Estate as a cultural and heritage site was released on the first week of October to give ample time for possible objections that may be filed no later than November 5, 2018, to the Town Clerk at 1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario L6H 0H3.

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