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The Billings House

Billings House

Photo by Michael Eisen, Parks Canada - Posted December, 2013

Billings House

Photo from Google Street View ©2013 Google - Posted June, 2013

Billings House

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
At the end of Cabot Street off Pleasant Park Road
off Riverside Drive just north of Bank Street


Coordinates: N 45 23.383 W 75 40.358

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Plaque Text

Park Hill was built by Braddish Billings, a pioneer in local lumbering and agriculture. Born in Massachusetts in 1783, he was the first settler of Gloucester Township in 1812, his homestead forming the nucleus of Billings Bridge. In symmetry and classical detail, Park Hill draws on New England architecture of the Georgian period. The original house was built in 1828 but the north wing, which may have been moved intact from an earlier Billings home, was added in 1831. Later, a verandah was removed and the dormers and south wing added. Billings died in 1864 at Park Hill, which was occupied by his descendants until 1975.

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