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Old January 5th, 2017, 09:56 PM   #121
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Many thanks, Gratteciel.

More stone cottages on the way!
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Old January 5th, 2017, 10:12 PM   #122
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Older Buildings in Local Stone II




That’s the scarp face just under Dundas Peak. The dolomite almost seems to be splitting itself naturally into blocks ready for building!




The Homestead (built 1867) at 36 Melville Street, now a bed-and-breakfast place, is a storey-and-a-half cottage with a sandstone front.
At that time houses with two full storeys were taxed at a higher rate, so the storey-and-a-half was a tax avoidance measure!
The central-gable style with a doorway flanked by windows on each side is common in Dundas.




The William B. Martlin Residence (built 1856) at 25-27 Sydenham Street, a semi-detached variant on the central-gable storey-and-a-half cottage.




The Scott House, 146 Park Street West, built in 1857 by James Scott, owner of a planing mill and building contractor.
It’s an interesting mixture: that Oriental-style central ogee window, for instance.
Scott had built the Dundas Town Hall nine years earlier.




As this side view shows, the Scott House, like many of these storey-and-a-half cottages, is much larger than it looks from the front.
The decorative wooden trim on the gables is called bargeboard.




The Michael Powers House at 5 Brock Street North, built in 1857.
It’s a cottage built from dolomite with sandstone sills and lintels. The upper dormer windows are a later addition.




291 King Street West is a cottage built in 1855.
The black soiling on the sandstone facade dates back to the time when Dundas was a smoky industrial town.




252 King Street West is a recently restored townhouse with two full storeys built in 1857. The facade is sandstone.




To show the continuing appeal of the stone cottage today, here’s a new-millennium variant of the central-gable style at 120 Park Street West.

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Old January 5th, 2017, 11:59 PM   #123
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Very interesting set. And fine pics!
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Old January 6th, 2017, 08:26 AM   #126
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Lovely buildings and good pics, Why-Why!

My favourite here is the William B. Martlin Residence, because of it's fresh colours.
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Old January 6th, 2017, 11:42 PM   #127
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Lovely buildings and good pics, Why-Why!

My favourite here is the William B. Martlin Residence, because of it's fresh colours.
Thank you all for liking these stone houses. This is small-town, small-scale domestic architecture, but I also find it cozy and appealing.

There are a few more images of stone buildings to come.
And some time in the future, I'll move on to Victorian brick, which can also be quite lovely in the right setting.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 01:10 AM   #128
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Older Buildings in Local Stone III




Cottages...and more!




This stone cottage, the John Miller home (built 1838) at 177 Hatt Street, is one of the oldest in the town.
Its facade is Whirlpool sandstone “ashlar,” that is, large, square-cut, finely-dressed stones.

Note that the sides, backs, and foundations of these old stone cottages were often not as “well-dressed” as the facades, as they didn’t have the same “public exposure”.




Not all stone cottages are still used as residences.
This one at 7 John Street is now a dentist’s office.
Its facade is Whirlpool sandstone but the basement is made of rubble (rough, irregular stones) from Spencer Creek.
According to the Dundas Heritage Association it was probably built by a cabinet maker just before his death in 1843.




And not all nineteenth-century stone buildings in Dundas were once residences.
This one, 64 Hatt Street, was built as a foundry in 1846 by John Gartshore and is one of the oldest surviving industrial buildings in the town.
The foundry, whose facade is of sandstone, made iron castings, steam engines, boilers, and mill machinery.
Little Dundas was an industrial powerhouse in the early nineteenth century!




The most notable stone building in Dundas is the old Town Hall. Its exterior is Whirlpool sandstone.
Over the years parts of it were used as a jail, a saloon, and a market.

After its amalgamation with (or, as some would have it, absorption by) the City of Hamilton in 2001, Dundas no longer needed a place of assembly for municipal legislators.
But the building is still used as a service centre.




£2,500 in 1849 was a lot of money, and may be equivalent to about £1,850,000 (C$3,000,000) in labour costs alone in today’s currency.



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Beautiful buildings (and pics) again, Why-Why!

You seem to understand a lot of building materials and geology!
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Old January 8th, 2017, 04:33 PM   #130
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Thanks, Silvia. I'm no expert on architecture or geology, but I've read a bit by those who are so as to try to understand better what makes these buildings so appealing.

Just a few more stone buildings to come!
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Those old cottages look impeccable!
Very interesting explanation about the Dundas Town Hall and its current cost.
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Old January 10th, 2017, 12:07 AM   #132
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Thanks, Gratteciel!

I gather total relative costs a century of more apart are very difficult to determine, but a single factor like labour is easier to work out.

Just a couple more stone buildings to come...
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Old January 10th, 2017, 12:18 AM   #133
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Older Buildings in Local Stone IV (Conclusion)




The oldest datable stone building in Dundas is 30 York Street, a house once owned by the Hatts, one of Dundas’s oldest families.
It is now a physiotherapy clinic.
We know its date only because “1833” is carved into the keystone in the arch over the doorway.




You can’t see this inscription in the summer, as it’s covered with ivy ...




But the oldest stone building in Dundas...




...is almost certainly 2 Hatt Street, though it can’t be dated from any written record.
Middleton relates a Hatt family anecdote that it was built in 1804 as a “store, post office and blacksmith’s shop.”
It sits literally a stone’s throw from the old Town Hall, whose cupola and clock can be seen looming above it ...




...and it occupies a historically significant location at the junction of Main Street and Governors Road...




...but it is seriously showing its age.
And this brings the problem of preserving old buildings into sharp focus.
The stones are millions of years old and will last for millennia more.
But the structure they constitute is elderly in human terms.
It may be the only building in the town more than 200 years old.
Is it worth protecting from the forces of time, weather, and neglect?
If so, how? And at what cost?

I know of no easy answers to these questions.

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Superb pics! I particularly like this small but elegant house
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Love that old stone houses, Why-Why!
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Old January 12th, 2017, 01:58 AM   #136
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Many thanks, Romashka! Here's a detail of your favourite cottage:




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Love that old stone houses, Why-Why!
Thanks, Silvia, me too. There are plenty more stone cottages in the area, but coverage of those will have to wait till a later date.

And thanks to all recent likers, with a special mention to ChuckScraperMiami#1

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Waterfalls: January Thaw




Spencer Creek is running high.
That can only mean that the waterfalls above Dundas have thawed and the melted snow and heavy rains of the recent past are pouring over the Escarpment.

First we'll go to Webster's Falls:

















...and then to Tews Falls:



















Spring runoff will have to be pretty spectacular to match this, an unexpected thaw in the depths of winter!

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Wow, great nature impressions, ice and wild water!

The stones under Tews Falls look so regular arranged as if this was a
wall built by man. But it's nature, isn't it?

In Austria we have similar "gebanktes Gestein" (I don't find an English translation)
in our "Loferer and Leoganger Steinberge".

Here you can see a picture of such stone:

http://www.lochstein.de/hoehlen/A/sb...ab35muster.JPG
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Yes, Silvia, these are natural rock formations, though they do look artificial.
I don't know much about geology, but these are sedimentary rocks consisting of mud and the remains of marine creatures laid down and hardened in layers over millions of years.
The dolomite strata at the top of the Escarpment are so visible because Tews Falls is very wide and tall but the amount of water that flows over is much less than it used to be, so the strata are exposed.
You'd see something similar at Niagara Falls if the water flow was greatly reduced.
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What a great pleasure for the eyes, Why-Why. Really impressive!
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