74 Arthur Street North
Mavis Bank is situated on land that was originally surveyed by The Canada Company and first owned by Reverend Arthur Palmer, an Irish immigrant who arrived in Canada in 1832. The Palmer Survey was registered in 1855 and comprised of 38 lots, of which Mavis bank sits on 14 and 15. The entire parcel was named, Tyrcathlen, which was the name Palmer also gave to his palatial residence on Stuart Street.
“Mavis Bank” is culturally associated with Laura Lemon, the well-known Canadian author and composer. She was born in Guelph on October 15, 1866 and Mavis Bank was her childhood home from birth until her father moved the family in 1871. The Town of Guelph tax assessment records show that occupancy of Lots 12-15 of Plan 32 transferred to Laura Lemon’s family in 1866.
Architecturally, “Mavis Bank” is a rare example of stucco-over-stone, Neo-Classic Vernacular design. Its major point of interest is the unique bow-roofed trellis and lattice verandah that wraps around the north-east corner, north and west sides of the home.
“Mavis Bank” yields a commanding presence on the east bank of the Speed River. The Speed River’s status as a Canadian Heritage River (automatically acquired as a major tributary to the Grand River, designated in 1994), contributes greatly to the contextual value of the property. Surrounded by mature trees on a spacious lot, Mavis Bank continues to be a focal point within the City of Guelph. The property’s location functions as a historical point of interest in Guelph’s northeast cultural landscape.
Source: City of Guelph designation by-law (2007)-18432.