Another example of a house not facing the road, but situated to take advantage of a view, is the Jane Wilson House. This unusual cottage, built circa 1880, was originally only one storey, but features two front projecting bay windows, a common feature of many larger homes of that era. The house was just outside the original northern town boundary of Smith Street, now Parkhill Road. At the time, it would have sat alone on the crest of a country hill overlooking Peterborough. Newer houses and mature trees now block the view, although a glimpse of it can still be seen by looking south down the street.
This house changed hands a lot, but it was owned for over twenty years by the late Dr. Barclay McKone and his wife, Lorna. The quirky position of this house and its large front garden, serene on this quiet little street, reminds me so much of England.
This lovely gothic style home was built c. 1887, about twenty years older than I thought. It was originally a caretakers lodge for the George A. Cox estate, and was sold to William Morrow after Cox's death. The gorgeous barge board trim is original.
Four Victorian era public schools are still
standing in Peterborough.
Central School started as a log cabin that doubled as a
church on Sundays.The first brick
building, Peterborough Union School (1860), included both elementary and high
school, and was an Italianate building with a four-storey central tower.The tower was unfortunately deemed unsafe and
cut in half in the late 1960s.
In 1871, a second building for elementary students was added
to the west, and the first building was used for the high school.The new building was expanded in 1891.By 1895, it was necessary to also rent a
manor house on George Street (Menzies House, demolished in the mid 20th
century) to accommodate the student overflow.Plans were made to erect a new high school.Peterborough was a relatively wealthy town,
but the project still took over a decade to complete.The new high school (Peterborough Collegiate)
was finally opened on McDonnel Street in 1908.