Heritage Sites in the City of North Bay

Evaluation Process - Glass Plaque Program

The Site Evaluation Program seeks to recognize properties that have architectural and/or historical characteristics. The program is sometimes referred to as the Glass Plaque Program, as certain properties with exceptional qualities are commemorated with a glass plaque.

The Municipal Heritage Committee develops a list of properties that might merit consideration from the Committee. This list forms the basis of Committee's work plan, enabling members to prioritize which properties to evaluate. Members of the public, City staff and City Council are encouraged to suggest properties that should be considered. This list is regularly reviewed and revised.

The Committee obtains the property owner's permission before conducting any form of evaluation. Once the owner's consent is achieved, all available Committee members attend the property in question to conduct a site visit. Photographs are taken, notable features are documented and Committee members ask questions of the owner to gain an understanding of the property's history and characteristics.

The Committee has always benefited by having an architect as a member of the Committee, which enables the Committee to gain a detailed understanding of the history of the building's construction, features and the property's significance to the community's built form.

Following the site evaluation, the Committee reviews third party information to get a more fulsome understanding of the property's history. Sources of information include (but is not limited to) the North Bay Public Library, Discovery Centre museum and a title search at the Land Registry's Office.

The next step is for the Committee to complete the scoring evaluation sheet. The scoring system is a numerical system that grades the subject property to a maximum of 100 points on characteristics such as architecture and historical significance, as outlined above (see Property Evaluation System). This score establishes the property's heritage priority level, as per below:

Priority-One Heritage Sites:

Properties that score 90-100 are recognized as being some of North Bay's most historic properties and are deemed to be a Priority-One Heritage Site. Properties earn this distinction through outstanding preservation of historically and/or architecturally significant properties. Priority-One Heritage Sites are presented with a commemorative glass plaque, to be affixed on an exterior wall. With the concurrence of the owner, the Municipal Heritage Committee typically organizes a press event to unveil the plaque and publicly acknowledge the property.

Priority-Two Heritage Sites:

Properties that score 80-89 are recognized as having visible architectural and/or historical attributes and are deemed to be a Priority-Two heritage Site. Priority-Two Heritage Sites are recognized for their important contributions to North Bay's history by way of a certificate.

Priority-Three Heritage Sites:

Properties that score 70-79 have some architectural and/or historical attributes and should be recognized. These properties receive a letter commending the heritage attributes of the property.

2018 Illustrative Guide

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Recognized Heritage Sites

Priority Site No. Title Location
Priority One 1 Former Canadian National Railway Station 198 Second Avenue West
Priority One 2 Former Normal School/Teacher's College 200 First Avenue West
Priority One 3 Dr. Carruthers Public School 380 McPhail Street
Priority One 4 Former Canadian Pacific Railway Station 100 Ferguson Street
Priority One 5 Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption 480 McIntyre Street West
Priority One 6 Former North Bay Collegiate Institute & Vocational School 555 Algonquin Avenue
Priority One 7 Senator Gordon Residence 591 Copeland Street
Priority One 8 Former Ontario Northland Railway Offices 195 Regina Street
Priority One 9 Former Mulligan Block 123 Main Street West
Priority One 10 Coleman Residence 607 Jane Street
Priority One 11 Browning Residence 590 McIntyre Street West
Priority One 12 Angus Residence 839 Main Street West
Priority One 13 Angus Family Residence 847 Main Street West
Priority One 14 Beamish Residence 768 McIntyre Street West
Priority One 15 St. Joseph's Mother House 2025 Main Street West
Priority One 16 Begg Residence 578 Copeland Street
Priority One 17 Milne Residence 610 Copeland Street
Priority One 18 King George Public School 550 Harvey Street
Priority One 19 Capitol Centre 150 Main Street East
Priority One 20 Cochrane-Dunlop 122 Main Street West/123 McIntyre Street West
Priority One 21 Sons of Jacob Synagogue 302 McIntyre Street West
Priority One 22 Gateway Arch Lee Park
Priority One 23 Former Empire Hotel 425 Fraser Street
Priority One 24 St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church 1265 Wyld Street
Priority One 25 Former Scollard Hall Boys' College 1000 High Street
Priority One 26 North Bay Masonic Temple 183 First Avenue West
Priority One 27 Surtees Residence 853 Main Street West
Priority Two 28 Angus Block 374 Fraser Street
Priority Two 29 Trinity United Church 111 McIntyre Street East
Priority Two 30 St. John's Anglican Church 301 Main Street East
Priority Two 31 Former Bank of Nova Scotia 126 Main Street West
Priority Two 32 Former Railton Building 143 Main Street West
Priority Two 33 McNutt Residence 715 Durril Street
Priority Two 34 St. Andrew's United Church 290 Algonquin Avenue
Priority Two 35 Former Cecil Hotel 300 Wyld Street
Priority Two 36 Bourke Residence 658 McIntyre Street West
Priority Two 37 Second Bourke Residence 663 McIntyre Street West
Priority Two 38 Parfitt Farm 1800 Four Mile Lake Road
Priority Two 39 Lutheran Church of the Redeemer 725 Ferguson Street
Priority Two 44 Tuncali/Gould Residence 630 Bell Street
Priority Three 40 Carmichael United Church 521 Four Mile Lake Road
Priority Three 41 Wallace Residence 102 First Avenue East
Priority Three 42 Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Building 3301 Trout Lake Road
Priority Three 43 Sisters of the Precious Blood Monastery 165 Monastery Road
N/A P1 CPR Yards Heritage Site Plaque Downtown/Waterfront Underpass
N/A P2 Royal Theatre Heritage Site Plaque 289 Algonquin Avenue (Parkette)
N/A P3 Court House Heritage Site Plaque 390 Plouffe Street
N/A P4 Ferguson Block Heritage Site Plaque Main and Oak Parkette
N/A P5 Old Town Hall Heritage Site Plaque 101 McIntyre Street West
N/A P6 Mackey House Heritage Site Plaque Corner of Oak and Ferguson Streets
N/A P7 Old Post Office Heritage Site Plaque Main and Oak Parkette
N/A P8 Manitou Islands Heritage Site Plaque
N/A P9 Cormack Block Heritage Site Plaque 158 Main Street West
N/A P10 Memorial Park Cenotaph Statue Plaque Memorial Park (Ferguson Street & First Avenue West)
N/A P11 Queen Victoria School Heritage Site Plaque Near Intersection of Ferguson Street and Worthington Street
N/A P12 Nipissing University at Cassellholme Heritage Site Plaque Near Intersection of Cassells Street and Olive Street
N/A P13 North Bay Arena Rink Heritage Site Plaque Memorial Drive, past the intersection of Main Street West and Murray Street
N/A P14 New Ontario Brewing Co. Ltd Heritage Site Plaque Near Intersection of Memorial Drive and Regina Street
N/A P15 BOMARC Missile Heritage Site Plaque Lee Park (Veteran's Fields)
N/A P16 North Bay Hospitals Heritage Site Plaque 750 McLaren Street
N/A P17 Commerce on Lake Nipissing Heritage Site Plaque North Bay Waterfront
N/A P18 The Empire Heritage Site Plaque 425 Fraser Street
N/A P19 North Bay Carnegie Library Heritage Site Plaque 200 McIntyre Street
N/A P20 Wallace Park Plaque Heritage Site Plaque 120 King Street West
N/A P21 The Capitol Theatre Heritage Site Plaque 150 Main Street East
N/A P22 Barry Building Explosion Heritage Site Plaque 128 McIntyre Street West
N/A P23 North Bay Jail Heritage Site Plaque 2550 Trout Lake Rd


Peter Carello
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