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Notice of Withdrawal of Notice of Intention to Designate 1389 Progreston Road, Carlisle (Flamborough)

The City of Hamilton withdraws the Notice of Intention to Designate 1389 Progreston Road, Carlisle (Flamborough) issued on April 23, 2020. On the same day as this Notice of Withdrawal, the City will be publishing a new revised Notice of Intention to Designate 1389 Progreston Road, Carlisle (Flamborough), under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, as being a property of cultural heritage value.  

Dated at Hamilton, this 17 day of November, 2020.

Andrea Holland, City Clerk
Hamilton, Ontario

Contact: Miranda Brunton, Cultural Heritage Planner, Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 1202, Email: [email protected]

The City of Hamilton intends to designate 1389 Progreston Road, Flamborough, under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, as being a property of cultural heritage value.

Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest

Freeman Green, son of ‘Billy Green the Scout’, and his wife Harriet Ann Howard purchased the property from James Kievel in 1869. The property included the former owner’s four room log house and building, constructed circa 1855, that previously served as a grist mill. In the early 1870s, the Green’s added significant additions to the original four room log cabin. Freeman and Harriet started a woolen mill in the former grist mill building. The Progreston Woolen Mill became an important pillar in the local economy as the mill processed wool from local farmers and employed local knitters. In addition to processing wool, the mill also produced yarn and blankets. Operation of the mill was passed through the Green family until it burnt down in 1911. The house is an excellent example of a vernacular residence influenced by the Gothic Revival style and decorative elements. The barn is wood framed with a rubble stone foundation, fitting perfectly into the undulating landscape. The property is important in supporting the historic character of the area and maintaining the historic fabric of the Carlisle area and is physically, visually, and historically linked to its surroundings. 

The subject property, located at 1389 Progreston Road, is comprised of a mid-nineteenth century frame house and detached bank barn of cultural heritage value and interest. The irregularly-shaped 10.4-acre property is located on the northwest corner of Progreston Road and Green Springs Road, near its intersection with Bronte Creek (formally Twelve Mile Creek), in the Carlisle Settlement Area, in the former Township of East Flamborough, in the City of Hamilton.

Historical/Associative Value

The subject property, known historically as the Evergreen Farm and the Green House, is comprised of a one-and-one-half storey wood-frame home constructed circa 1870 and a detached wood-frame bank barn constructed circa 1900. The historical value of the property lies in its association with James Kievel, Freeman Green and the establishment and early development of the historic settlement area of Progreston. James Kievel first purchased the lot in 1855 and quickly built a saw mill with a waterwheel at the foot fall of the Twelve Mile Creek (now Bronte Creek), multiple other mill related buildings and a log house. Kievel, along with Andrew Paton, Joseph Tansley and William Campbell, laid out the what would become known as Progresstown (later Progreston).

Freeman Green, a carpenter, son of ‘Billy Green the Scout’, and his wife Harriet Ann Howard purchased 10 acres from James Kievel in 1869. The purchased land included the owner’s log house and a former grist mill building. The Greens then started a woolen mill in the former grist mill building, the Progreston Woolen Mill, which became an important pillar in the local economy, sourcing materials and labour from the local community. Freeman sourced and processed wool from local farmers and hired local knitters to knit such items as socks and mittens from yarn produced by the mill. In addition to running a successful woolen mill, Freeman invented an improvement for the spinning wheel, gaining him international recognition. This improvement included a pendulum apparatus and these spinning wheels were called the ‘Freeman Green’s Canadian Spinning Wheel’. Operation of the mill was passed through the Green family until it burnt down in 1911. Although the mill was not rebuilt, the Green family descendants started a small wood working business that also served the local community. In 1982, the property was sold out of the Green family.

Design/Physical Value

The cultural heritage value of the property also lies in its design value as a representative example of a vernacular residence influenced by the Gothic Revival style. The one-and-one-half-storey house is clad in board and batten finish with high peaked gables above  the second-floor windows. The bank barn, believed to have been constructed in the late-nineteenth century, is wood framed with a rubble stone foundation. The house is also an early example of adaptive reuse in the early 1870s when the Greens added significant additions to Kievel’s original log cabin. The property is a rare example of the few remaining farmsteads within the Flamborough area, with intact house and bank barn. 

Contextual Value

The contextual value of the property lies in its contribution to defining the historic character of the settlement area of Carlisle. The property is physically, visually, functionally and historically linked to its surroundings, and is considered to be a local landmark. Physically, the property is located on the prominent corner of Progreston Road and Green Springs Road where it intersects with Bronte Creek, in the historic settlement area formerly known as Progreston. Visually and architecturally, the house and bank barn are reminders of the history of the site and both support, as well as define, the historic character of the settlement area of Carlisle. Historically, the property is associated with prominent members of the local community, namely James Kievel and Freeman Green, who were instrumental in the establishment and development of Progresstown. Functionally, the property’s location along side Bronte Creek was integral to the operation of the Green’s mill (no longer existent) which was a pillar of the local economy.

Description of Heritage Atrributes

The house, as it stands today is the result of multiple additions and expansions added around the original circa 1850s log cabin core, including the front (east facing) section of the house believed to be constructed in 1870 by the Greens. Key attributes that embody the heritage value of the property include:

  • On the east facing section of the house, all four exterior elevations of the one-and-one-half storey dwelling, including its:
    • Cross-gable roof with projecting front gables and semi-circular windows below;
    • Board-and-batten cladding;
    • Symmetrical front facade with central entrance, flanking bay windows and covered porch with wooden columns and decorative bargeboard;
    • Segmentally-arched window openings; and,
    • Remaining historic two-over-two hung wood windows.
  • All four elevations of the detached barn, including its:
    • Gable roof;
    • Stone foundation, including existing window and door openings; and,
    • The vertical wooden board cladding.
  • The location of the dwelling and barn within the landscape.

Written Notice of Objection

Any person may, within 30 days after the date of the publication of the Notice, serve written notice of their objections to the proposed designation, together with a statement for the objection and relevant facts, subject to any orders, legislation, or regulations issued by the Province in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic Emergency.

Dated at Hamilton, this 23 day of April, 2020.

A. Holland, City Clerk
Hamilton, Ontario

Contact: Miranda Brunton, Cultural Heritage Planner, Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 1202, Email: [email protected]