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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Oshawa > Magner-Robson House
Magner-Robson House
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created by L'Ali on 8/1/2011 7:19 PM
last modified by L'Ali on 4/7/2013 11:51 PM
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Georgian style stone house built around 1860.
 Basic Information
Type: Heritage house
Status: Being Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
268 Winchester Road
Oshawa, Ontario
Owner: Robsons
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  •  Hazards
  • air quality
  • lots of mold
  •  Interesting Features
    - huge basement with a walk-in fridge
    - Retro basement floor
    - Stunning wood paneling in main livingroom and master bedroom
    - Two kitchens
    - Masterbedroom safe (now stolen)
    - Doorframes, windows all uniquely shaped
     Security Measures
  • part-time guard
  • wooden boarding
  • busy road
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1860
    Closed: 2010
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • towelettes
  •  Recommended Equipment
    This one and a half storey, stone farmhouse was probably built in the 1860s by Township of East Whitby farmer John Magner. After changing hands a number of times, the house and property was then sold to Charles Norman Robson of Oshawa’s Robson Leather Co. Ltd. in 1944 (taken from the heritage website)

    In the first half of the twentieth century, there was a trend among successful businessmen and industrialists to acquire farms and convert them to country retreats or hobby farms. Often just outside urban centres, the dwellings became architecturally stylish conversions of older structures. Gothic revival farmhouses, for example, had architect designed Craftsman or Arts and Crafts style makeovers.

    The Robson house conversion in 1944-45 is near the closing years of this trend. The remodelling was more a reworking of the layout to meet the requests of an affluent owner than an attempt to achieve a new architectural style. It is also notable for being undertaken during the Second War, when there was some fear that urban centres would be targeted. Robson, however, being affiliated with the No. 20 Elementary Flying Training School at Oshawa Airport, may have been aware that by mid-1944 the end of the conflict was near. The war had been lucrative for Robson Leather Co., who was contracted to supply the Canadian forces with boot leather.

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     Future Plans
    Although this house was given historical designations, it is in the line of where the 407 expansion will eventually take place. One of the documents I found said that "Highway 407 east undertaking will directly impact the property and stating the property is slated for displacement given the technically preferred route, and further requesting the City of Oshawa provide feedback regarding potential relocation and salvage options, be referred to Heritage Oshawa."

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 6/25/2014 12:04 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 25 14 at 12:04, Steed validated this location
  • on Apr 18 13 at 18:00, L'Ali made this location public
  • on Apr 7 13 at 23:51, L'Ali changed the following: Status
  • on Jul 23 12 at 10:38, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jul 21 12 at 15:54, dallas added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 21 12 at 15:45, dallas created a new gallery
  • on Jul 17 12 at 21:05, DaaDeeOh changed the following: Security Measures, Web Links
  • on Jul 11 12 at 14:19, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jul 11 12 at 1:22, L'Ali changed the following: Interesting Features
  • on Jun 5 12 at 17:46, Opheliaism validated this location
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