264 Woolwich Street

Built about 1858-1859, this well-proportioned two-storey house provides a unique example of the richly-carved stone ornamentation characteristic of Italianate Style in Guelph’s mid-19th Century architecture. The impressive carved forms used as lintels and enrichments for the façade have been attributed to the Guelph sculptor Matthew Bell, and reflect his distinguished craftsmanship. These features are rarely found elsewhere in the Province.

A fine stone parapet wall, topped with cast-iron cresting, parallels the street. Its gateposts and termination piers are each formed from single massive blocks of stone. The interior of the house retains portions of its original detailing. The 19th-Centruy double door and window sash contribute to the period character of the front façade.

The home is most closely associated with Drs. Llew and Flora Little, parents of well-known children’s author Jean Little, who lived there from 1940 to 1974 and who grew up in the home.  Today, the property has fallen into disrepair and is being monitored regularly to ensure property maintenance standards are followed so that the home can someday be appropriately restored.

Source: City of Guelph Designation By-law (1979)-10058