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Puslinch Heritage Plaquing Implications

Places in Puslinch considered to be of heritage significance can be found in the Township's inventory, Puslinch: Our Heritage. Not all places that have been recorded in the heritage binders are deemed worthy of plaquing.

In the year 2000, the plaquing program was put in place as a millennium project. The Heritage Committee members have continued to review and record five or six properties a year, as they come to our attention. Since 2006, particular features of a site can be recognized, even if the entire building does not meet the criteria. It is only the exterior of a building that is recorded, for the most part.

Site owners have undertaken many sympathetic renovations to their properties in order to modernize or expand them. A write up for each site accompanies photographs in the heritage binders found at the Municipal Office. The larger cities of Guelph, Kingston and Hamilton are known for the use of ashlar, cut-limestone blocks as building material. A sweep from Fergus, through Eramosa and Puslinch Townships, and into the former Galt area is considered unique because of the fieldstone used in many buildings there. Granite, quartzite, and amphibolite are found in local fieldstone construction, often with quoins and decorative features like lintels and date stones made of limestone as the softer stone was easier to shape. Other Puslinch structures used brick from local brickyards.

As for renovating plaqued sites in Puslinch, it is the architectural or historical features cited when they were recorded that are considered worthy of preservation. There have only been a handful of interior features recorded. There would be no restrictions by the Heritage Committee on interior renovations except for these. The updating of windows or doors, and additions to a structure are acceptable but must meet Township building codes. Committee members appreciate the fact that site owners have endeavored to undertake sympathetic renovations when updating their heritage buildings. A sense of stewardship has been demonstrated by most owners.

Should a homeowner of a plaqued property request a demolition permit, the Building Inspector would notify the Heritage Committee who would review the site in question and advise Council as to whether the building is still considered worthy of protection. It then becomes Council's responsibility. To date, there are several heritage properties now part of local development projects thanks to Puslinch Council, as expansion continues south from Guelph.

The above was written to clarify the implications of the Puslinch plaque. Should you have further questions, please contact a Heritage Committee member through the Township of Puslinch Municipal Office.