Former Windermere Post Office and General Store - 2509 Windermere Rd

Developed in the late 19th century, the property has design value that provides early examples of the architectural style in the Village of Windermere and demonstrates the rare and early specimens of construction styles, materials and methods used in original structures of the early tourism period of Windermere.

The former Post Office and General Store were constructed in 1896 and recognized as being among the oldest surviving wood structures in the area. The Benjamin Taylor cottage was constructed between 1911 and 1914 and was occupied by early settlers of Windermere. The wooden ice house building is one of the last cold-storage buildings left standing in Muskoka and the stone storage building is a unique example of a structure built of local material, including field stone and timber gable framing.

The property is associated with the early families who settled in Windermere, particularly the Fife, Aitken and Taylor families, as well as the families’ commercial interests and role in the growth of Windermere as a lakeside community. The property also has contextual value as it fronts on Windermere Road across from the Windermere House resort. The buildings on the property, viewed together with adjacent Windermere House are a unified complex and form a unique streetscape that dates to the early period of tourist and cottage development, and convey a strong sense of time and place. Together these buildings maintain and support the summer resort character of the area, especially when approached from Lake Rosseau.

  
(Windermere Post Office & General Store)                         (Ice House)                                       (Stone Storage Building)

 

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