Before you Renovate

Because the entire Village is a Heritage Conservation District under the Ontario Heritage Act, any proposal to make major changes to the exterior of a building, demolish a building or construct a new one, requires City Council permission. If you are contemplating such activities, you should contact City heritage staff early in the design process. You are also encouraged to make an initial informal contact with the RPRA Heritage and Site Plan Committee because it provides the RPRA’s advice to City heritage staff on applications to alter, demolish or construct.

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The heritage district has Management Guidelines intended to help property owners interested in changing, adding to their buildings or constructing new ones. These guidelines are part of the 1997 heritage conservation district study written by Julian Smith and Victoria Angel, available at the Community Police Centre. In planning alterations or new construction, you should follow these guidelines in addition to meeting the terms of the zoning by-law and building code.

The goal of the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District is to preserve the unique character of the Village as a picturesque community, characterized by its curved streets, rich mix of housing types, large lots with generous setbacks surrounded by a variety of trees and shrubs. The preservation of the existing landscape to the fullest extent possible is strongly encouraged.

 

A Heritage Enclave in Rockcliffe Park

By Martha Edmond

The group of three dwellings at 204, 212 and 224 Springfield Road represents an early building phase in Rockcliffe and provides another side to our history ... more

 

A History of the Village

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In 2000, Dr. Poy, a retired surgeon, offered to take a series of colour photogrpahs for the book Rockcliffe Park: A History of the Village, written by Martha Edmond and published by the Friends of the Village of Rockcliffe Park Foundation.

On Friday, October 24, over 80 people gathered in the Rockcliffe Park Community Hall for the launch of the exhibit, “Rockcliffe Revisited: The Fine Art Photography of Neville Poy.” The exhibit featured a wide array of Village scenes, embassy residences and private homes taken in 2000 by Dr. Neville Poy. 

The invited guests, including owners of the homes featured in the exhibit, enjoyed the opportunity to see Rockcliffe’s oldest house, Crichton Lodge (residence of the Norwegian ambassador), as well as views of McKay Lake, the Rockeries, Beechwood Cemetery, and a number of notable residences throughout the Village.

In 2000, Dr. Poy, a retired surgeon, offered to take a series of colour photographs for the book Rockcliffe Park: A History of the Village, written by Martha Edmond and published by the Friends of the Village of Rockcliffe Park Foundation. This exhibit was an opportunity to revisit – as the title suggests – those images used for the book, and other previously unseen photographs by Dr. Poy. In 1995, Dr. Poy embarked on a post-retirement career of fine art photography. He brings the precision of his surgical training to his craft, along with the creative talents of an artist. Many viewers commented on the exceptional colour quality and artistic beauty of his work.

The RPRA would like to thank the volunteers who helped with the exhibit and most particularly, the exhibit sponsors - Jane Davis, sales representative with Faulkner Real Estate, John Wallack of Wallack Galleries and Epicuria and Jacobsons, who provided an array of canapes for the reception. A special token of gratitude is reserved for Dr. Poy, whose memorable contribution to our community will be long remembered.