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Update (January 15, 2016): Efforts to save the Bradley/Craig Barn continue after the Built Heritage Sub Committee recommended that Planning Committee recommend to Council that the application to demolish the Bradley/Craig Barn and move it to Munster be rejected. The sub-committee noted in its discussions, Richcraft’s apparent lack of effort in identifying potential adaptive uses for the barn. So what’s next? Planning Committee will here the matter January 26th, 9:30 am in the Champlain Room at City Hall. Parties interested in saving the barn (and even those who think it should be demolished) are encouraged to come and make comments to Planning Committee, submit written comments to Councillor Qadri and all other councillors, or even to simply observe and show the committee that Stittsville cares. Council is expected to vote on the application January 27th.

Update (December 2015): Members of the SVA and the Friends of the Bradley/Craig Farmstead met with Councillor Qadri December 4th to find out more about his position in favour of moving the barn, and to present reasons he might consider changing his mind. He remains steadfast in his belief that the barn should be moved to preserve it while we and others feel that the developer must respect the existing heritage designation and that it is better for Richcraft to find an adaptive use for the barn. We also feel the city should do whatever it can to ensure the barn is being properly preserved in situ. The matter of the demolition application comes before the Built Heritage Sub-Committee Dec. 10th, and goes to the Planning Committee and City Council in the new year.

 

The SVA passed a motion Nov. 12 that the association oppose the application for demolition of the Bradley/Craig Barn located at 590 Hazeldean Road. The barn, part of a 4-acre portion of farmstead protected under the Ontario Heritage Act, is facing demolition, transport, and reassembly at Saunders Farm in Munster if Richcraft, the developer who purchased the property in 2006, is successful in its bid to have the barn removed from the Hazeldean property. The matter will come before the City’s Built Heritage Subcommittee Dec. 10th. A report prepared by City staff  and addressed to the Built Heritage Subcommittee, the Planning Committee, and Council, recommends the application for demolition be refused. Excerpts from that report below. The report may be viewed in its entirety at:  staff report

BACKGROUND The Bradley/Craig barn is part of the Bradley/Craig farmstead, a property consisting of the large dairy barn, a Gothic Revival style brick farmhouse and the associated farm yard. The property is located at 590 Hazeldean Road between Terry Fox Drive and Iber Road (see Documents 1 and 2). The farmstead was designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act by City Council in 2010 for its cultural heritage value and no appeals were received (see Document 3) . 3 This section of Hazeldean Road was included in the Fernbank Community Design Plan (CDP) which was approved by Council in 2009. In the CDP, the lands fronting onto Hazeldean Road are designated as Mixed Use and the Bradley Craig Barn is identified for retention or relocation within the community. The property was subsequently designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act in 2010. In 2014, a Zoning By-law amendment was approved to permit a Plan of Subdivision that fulfilled the mixed use designation of the CDP. An application for Plan of Subdivision was also submitted and is currently being processed. Site Plan Control approval will also be required. This report has been prepared because all applications to demolish designated heritage buildings require the approval of City Council.

DISCUSSION The property owner has submitted an application to demolish the Bradley/Craig Barn and reconstruct it approximately 20 kilometres away at Saunders Farm, near Munster. The proposal involves recording and dismantling the barn and reconstructing it on the new site at Saunders Farm. The farmhouse would be retained in situ. The Bradley/Craig Barn is an excellent and rare example of a 19th century dairy barn. It’s large size, heavy timber framing with mortise and tenon joinery, and monitor roofline with clerestory windows are characteristic of dairy barns constructed during this period. The barn was constructed by well known local barn builder John Cummings with the help of the community. The barn is associated with the Bradley Craig farmhouse, a Gothic Revival style brick farmhouse constructed by the Bradley family in the 1870s. Together with the farm yard, they are an excellent example of a late 19th century farm complex. The farmstead is associated with the theme of agriculture which was the dominant economic activity in Ontario in the late 19th century.

CONCLUSION The proposed demolition and relocation of the Bradley/Craig Barn will have a serious negative impact on the character of the Bradley/Craig farmstead and does not meet the Standards and Guidelines, is neither consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement nor the Official Plan. For these reasons, the Department does not support the proposed demolition.

The Ottawa Built Heritage Advisory Committee originally recommended that Planning and Environment Committee recommend that Council approve the designation of the Bradley/Craig Farmstead, 590 Hazeldean Road, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act in accordance with the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value, in 2010. The designation was based on a number of factors, outlined below, as excerpted from Document 4, the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value, found at: http://ottawa.ca/calendar/ottawa/citycouncil/ec/2010/02-09/8%20-%20ACS2010-ICS-PGM-0021%20-%20590%20Hazeldean%20Road%20-%20Craig%20Barn.htm

Key attributes that express the heritage value of the farmhouse as a good example of the Gothic Revival include the:

  • steeply pitched gable roof
  • decorative bargeboard in the gable ends
  • front veranda with its decorative woodwork
  • red brick cladding and contrasting white brick quoins, voussoirs and stringcourses
  • front door with original sidelights and elliptical transom window of blue and purple glass;
  • metal grills on the exterior of the front door

Key attributes that express the heritage value of the large dairy barn include the:

  • monitor roofline
  • stone foundations
  • timber frame construction
  • purlin frame with kneewall
  • solid wood timbers connected by mortise and tenon joinery
  • wood cladding
  • diamond-shaped clerestory windows
  • raised, two-bay barn plan
  • Pair of large double doors

Key attributes that express the heritage of the Bradley/ Craig Farmstead complex

  • spatial relationship between the house and the barn
  • view from the east approaching Hazeldean Road
  • the farmyard

Noting that the barn’s heritage value hasn’t changed since it’s designation, a group of concerned residents and individuals representing a number of local organizations, including the Stittsville Village Association, met recently to discuss the barn’s history, and to organize a response to Richcraft’s application for demolition. The group has also asked for a meeting with Stittsville Councillor Shad Qadri, to impress upon him the community’s concern about preserving and conserving the barn and farmstead and to discuss possible alternative uses and ownership structures for the barn. Anyone with an opinion on the barn’s heritage value or the application for demolition should forward their comments to Councillor Qadri.