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Bishop Hellmuth Heritage Conservation District


Image of Bishop Hellmuth HCD MapThe Bishop Hellmuth Heritage Conservation District was designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act in 2003. It is named after Bishop Isaac Hellmuth, a leading early citizen of London and the founder of the University of Western Ontario. It was also the site of the Hellmuth Boys' College, built under his direction.

Bishop Hellmuth Heritage Conservation District was largely built up during a short period of time (1895-1910) and predominantly in the Queen Anne Revival style of architecture - a flamboyant and decorative style that represented the optimism and energy of a growing and prosperous city in the early 1900s. This provides a unique architectural integrity to the Bishop Hellmuth Heritage Conservation District. This historic character has changed little over 100 years. Two churches, St. John the Evangelist on St. James Street and the New St. James Presbyterian Church on Oxford Street East, provide architectural focal points for Bishop Hellmuth Heritage Conservation District. There are approximately 190 properties in Bishop Hellmuth Heritage Conservation District.

Location

The Bishop Hellmuth Heritage Conservation District is located on the north side of Oxford Street East between Wellington Street and Waterloo Street, on both sides of Waterloo Street between Oxford Street East and Grosvenor Street, on both sides of Grosvenor Street between Waterloo Street and Wellington Street and on both sides of Wellington Street generally between Grosvenor Street and Oxford Street East. Within this boundary it includes blocks along St. James Street and Hellmuth Avenue.

The Bishop Hellmuth Heritage Conservation District Guidelines, in association with the Bishop Hellmuth Heritage District Plan, provide a resource for property owners to assist in the conservation of their heritage designated properties. The Guidelines are broken into two chapters; one which defines the architectural style of the buildings, and the second that provides building conservation resources relating to the unique elements of the buildings such as brick and stone, roofs and flashings and porches.

Bishop Hellmuth Heritage Conservation District Documents