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"Summit House"

Summit House

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Summit House

Photo by contributor Anonymous - Posted July, 2005

Plaque Location

The County of Lanark
The Town of Perth
On the northwest corner of
Harvey Street and Drummond Street East

Coordinates: N 44 53.949 W 76 14.760


Plaque Text

This house was built in 1823 by James Boulton, one of Perth's first lawyers. Modelled after "The Grange" in Toronto, the house was designed in the Adamesque style, which was popular in Upper Canada during the 1820s, with overtones of the Regency style, which superceded the Adamesque in the following decade. The graceful fanlight over the main entrance and the oval window in the central gable are typical of the earlier style, whereas the tall first-floor windows and the hip roof reflect the influence of the Regency. The use of brick on a large dwelling at so early a date is rare in this province, and the "Summit House" is one of the first examples, constructed of this material, in the Adamesque or Regency style.


Perth Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted November 14, 2011
Anybody have any evidence of any tunnels on the property? I am making a documentary on Perth = the journey of the Perth Copybook found in the rubble of the Thomas Wright Building in 1995 - that was supposedly in these tunnels along with 24 other journals in 1948. Anybody with any knowledge - or first hand evidence of such should contact me at csi2000@urbanmarket.com. I would also like to chat with the person above who tells the story of that manhole cover - there are alternate stories I have heard (deadly methane gas in the tunnels for instance).

> Posted June 25, 2010
In response to the question of paranormal occurrences I do not recall anything. The biggest event was the explosion of the well. I dropped a ball down the hole in the concrete well cap and the upstairs neighbour pored gas down the hole and was dropping lit paper towels down to try and see the ball when in went off. It blew the steel lid up 20 feet and moved the concrete pad 3 or 4 inches. It was heard all over town. The man was blinded for weeks because he was looking in the hole to see the ball. The home was owned by a doctor at that time.

> Posted October 21, 2009
Glad to find this great home on the net. I lived in this house as a child in the late 60s early 70s when the house was set up as 3 suites. We lived in the basement unit. I have many fond memories of that time except cutting that big lawn.

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