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Taking inventory of wood components of the Westbrook House, while temporarily stored at the pavilion in the Lions Park, Oakland, March 9th 2010.

Photo by D. Atkins.



Some recent projects include...


Former Burford Bakery and Miller’s Barber Shop. Photo by C. Barker, 1979.



2017: Documentation of the former Sibbick’s Antiques building, King Street Burford, which was a barber shop and bakery prior to that, has a very interesting past and could very well be one of the earliest frame-constructed buildings in the village. Because of its having been moved to this location from across the street in 1915 and re-oriented north-south, instead of its original east-west orientation, and the fact that it has been severely altered / renovated, a better estimate for it’s date of construction is pending further observations...



Photo by C. Barker,

View from Potter Drive, 1979


2016: Documentation of the former Weert family home (Durham residence of the 1960’s) #2 Jarvis Street. Built sometime in the early part of the 19th century, it is now potentially either the oldest remaining building in the village, or the second oldest building in the Village of Burford. It is also one of the oldest remaining former commercial buildings of the region.



Photo by C. Barker,

View from King Street, 2008


2015: Documentation of what was possibly the oldest remaining building in the village of Burford prior to it being demolished in 2015 (opposite #200 King Street). It is the west wing of what was the Fritzley family residence of late. The larger portion of the building still remains; however, it was added to the smaller building c1848 as a general store and at one time a cobbler’s shop. It has a very important place in the evolution of the Township being one of the earliest commercial buildings in Burford Township.



Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead,

St. George,


2011: Documentation and restoration of this historic building. It had undergone various renovations over the last century and a half, but in 2010-11, it had a good going over, including selective clapboard replacement and a sparkling new paint-job, which of course, yours truly participated in...




Burford Post Office, built 1916 (though the date stone says 1914). Photo 2011

by C. Barker


2010: The Post Office building, built in a Public Works Vernacular style (post Edwardian) was in need of several fix-ups and restoration. I was very pleased when the Federal agency in charge of the work contacted me to get my input and advice of heritage colour and choice of material for the reconstruction of the front steps. Though the corner stone (date stone) reads “1914, the construction of this building commenced in 1915 and it was completed in 1916.




Photo by C. Barker,2014

At Westfield Heritage Village

Rockton, Ont.


2005 – 2012: Documentation and deconstruction of a hired hand house on the Chary farm, Oakland Ont. Former Westbrook house built c1810, at the site of the last battle fought on Canadian soil - “The Battle of Malcolm’s Mills.”  Click this link to go to The Westbrook House, c1810 page







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The Westbrook House, c1810