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ABOUT PHA’S ARCHITECTURE:

17 Mill Street North was built in 1871 as the Registry Office for East Durham. The building is currently used as the Port Hope Archives.  The building’s architecture follows the uniform plan approved by Order-in-Council, 9 March 1868.  The building is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

Some background:

In 1868, Kivas Tully (1820-1905) was appointed the first Architect and Engineer of Public Works for the Province of Ontario. In this capacity, he produced the familiar design for many of the registry offices across the province. 

The architectural plans were lithographed and supplied by the Commissioner of Public Works for distribution to municipal councils. According to the Report of the Commissioner of Public Works for 1869, only three registry offices had been completed by that date: St. Catherines, Cobourg and Pembroke.

“These uncomplicated looking buildings are decidedly complex structurally, as they were intended to be fireproof. The doors, windowsills and lintels were cast iron. Within a rectangular plan, three semi-cylindrical vaults of brick – technically barrel vaults – were constructed side by side, each nearly 18 feet high and roughly 2 feet thick. These were arranged to run across the width of the structure, generally with access through the first chamber to the clerk’s office in the second and with storage in the third. The location of the separate compartments, though not their form, is often indicated on the sidewalls into three bays. The front-end wall is generally treated as a blind arcade enclosing round-arched openings and fully articulated orders, with trim in stone or patterned brick. The arcade is expressive but not, as one might think a ghost of the vaulted interior, as the faults are arranged transversely.”[“A Short History on the Design of County Registry Offices”, The Land Registrar Volume 6, No. 1, October 1981.]

WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?

 

Tuesday-Friday

1:00-5:00 pm

 

First Saturday of the month (October-May)

9:00 am -1:00 pm

 

ALL OTHER TIMES BY APPOINTMENT

 

 

Please note: Periodical closures of the Archives do occur.  Please call or email before visiting if you are coming from a distance.

 

HOW ARE YOU FUNDED?

The funding received by the Port Hope Archives is divided into four categories: grants, municipal funding, memberships and fundraising.

 

The Port Hope Archives has been privileged to receive funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and greatly appreciates the funding provided by the Municipality of Port Hope.  The Archives depends on renewal of annual memberships, which assists the PHA in covering operating costs, particularly the purchase of archival safe containers and materials to house and protect the collection.  

 

To do your part in preserving the Municipality of Port Hope’s history, contact the Archives to take out an annual membership.

 

Donations from private individuals and businesses are always welcomed and may be made at the Archives by cheque, cash, Visa or Master Card. Tax receipts are issued for donations of $25 or more.

 

For more information on our funding, click here.

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WHO IS INVOLVED?

Archivist: Erin Walsh (B.A.H., MISt.)

 

Board Chair: Pam Robinson

 

Vice-Chair: Marielle Lambert

 

Treasurer: John Bennett

 

Secretary: David Doherty

 

Board Members: Barbara Coleman, Deanna Moses, Inga Belge, Empty Chair, Empty Chair

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WHAT IS IN YOUR COLLECTION?

 

Mandate: The Port Hope Archives collects, preserves and provides public access to historic documents relating to the Municipality of Port Hope (including: the former Town of Port Hope and Hope Township).

 

Our collection includes:

· Photographs

· Business records (i.e. ledgers, minute books, etc.)

· Genealogical resources (i.e. family histories, bibles)

· Municipal records

· Personal papers collections

· Maps & Blueprints

· Local history publications

 

For more on our resources available, click here.

 

Port Hope Archives