Building Stories Podcast: Eby-Hallman House

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Eby Hallman HouseWATERLOO, January 17, 2013 – On Monday, January 20, 2013 the 13th episode of the Building Stories Podcast series will be released. The episode will feature the Eby-Hallman House in Waterloo, Ontario. The Eby-Hallman House was built in 1842 by David Eby, an early Mennonite settler from Pennsylvania. It was a modest white clapboard, Memmonite-Georgian house. The house was one of the first seven farms to receive hydro from the City of Waterloo in 1914.

Interestingly, the Eby-Hallman house is no longer found on its original plot. The Eby-Hallman house stood in the way of the proposed Zehrs Beechwood Plaza at Fischer-Hallman Drive and Erb Street. Not wanting the house to be sent to the landfill, the North Waterloo Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) stepped in. A new owner and location were found for the house. The deconstruction of the house was all done by hand and has been documented. In the podcast, Marg Rowell, a member and past-president of the North Waterloo Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, tells how she became involved in the property and the relocation of the building.

The podcast will be available to listen to on the Building Stories website at www.buildingstories.co under the ‘Publicity’ tab. It will also be attached to the Building Stories entry for the Eby-Hallman House, a featured location on the website’s home page. The first 12 episodes of the podcast series focused on the London Life Insurance Building in London, Victoria Hall in Cobourg, Keefer Mansion in Thorold, the Stratford Historical Plaque Program, Victoria Jubilee Hall in Walkerton, Camp 30 in Bowmanville, the Guelph Civic Museum, the Maclean House in Toronto, and the Mary Webb Centre in Chatham-Kent, Union Cemetery in Port Hope, the Lister Block in Hamilton, and the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo.  They are also available to listen to on Building Stories.

The Eby-Hallman House is just one of the interesting properties included in a book that the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario has released to celebrate their 80th year. Titled “80 for 80: Celebrating Eighty Years of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario”, the book tells the stories of 80 buildings that the ACO has saved or helped saved. It is now available for order on the ACO’s website at www.arconserv.ca.

Building Stories is a website and mobile application that enables Canadians to take a direct role in identifying important community heritage assets. Building Stories is an incredible new on-line resource making thousands of original documents, photos and historical records available online from a wide variety of communities. The website engages the public in a way that has never been done before to help explain the importance of heritage in communities across Canada.

Dr. Robert Shipley, Director of the Heritage Resources Centre, states: “Through being able to use the inventory tool in a web-based and interactive way, it will allow communities and individual citizens to take a direct and active role in identifying the significant and valued structures that make up such a vital part of the country’s heritage assets. There has never been anything like this and the result will be to magnify and expand both interest in, and understanding of our built environment.”

Currently, the website includes entries from every province and territory in Canada. However, Building Stories will continue to grow into new communities, as new collections and archives are added to the fully searchable database, and as individuals comment on existing listings and contribute their own sites with stories, memories, digital artifacts, and photographs.

Building Stories has been developed by the Heritage Resources Centre (HRC) and the Computer Systems Group, both at the University of Waterloo, and the Centre for Community Mapping (COMAP).

The development and creation of The Building Stories Podcast series have been made possible by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and the Government of Ontario. The podcasts have been written, produced and hosted by Amy Barnes, a Heritage Consultant from Cambridge, Ontario.

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For more information please contact:

Melissa Davies
Building Stories Project Manager
Heritage Resources Centre, University of Waterloo

mbdavies@uwaterloo.ca

519.888.4567 ext. 36921

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