In 2005 when I was researching for my Master’s thesis, I decided to revisit a place from my childhood, and was shocked when I came upon an abandoned historic house in the heart of Bramalea. It was the white farmhouse on the east side of Dixie Road, just south of Crescent Hill Drive. It was tucked in at the end of a long driveway lined with majestic trees. On my visit it was boarded up and the foundation was crumbling. I took some photos of the house.
This particular house was significant to me as it my daycare as a child. I remember playing in the sandbox under the towering trees and waiting for my mother or father to come up the driveway when they were finished work. Perhaps it would be my mother coming back from teaching highschool in Malton, or perhaps my father had finished his shift as a police officer at the Bramalea police station.
In the intervening years I battled cancer (and won!), and have learned to value all of life’s memories and experiences, as well as those yet to come. It has been years since I ventured back out to the house in the heart of Bramalea, but recently I was feeling nostalgic. On a virtual visit to Bramalea – via Google Street View and Bing Maps – I was shocked to see that the house is no longer there! Whatever happened to my beloved white farmhouse, so much a part of my childhood memories? Was it demolished, or was it moved? My hope is that it was somehow saved and moved, but I am doubtful. Looking at the air photo archives on Brampton Maps online, it appears that the house vanished between fall 2005 and spring 2006.
Below is an image from a 1959 article describing the house as a temporary project office when Bramalea was first begun – showing that it was an integral part of the birth of Bramalea. It stood as a regal edifice surveying the changes as a city was built out of fields. For years it was one of the few historic reminders of the agricultural past of the area and should have been valued. Today there is a void in the core of Crescent Hill Park – it can only be filled with the memories of those who remember the historic white farmhouse on Dixie Road.
Toronto Daily Star, September 12, 1959
Do you have any memories of the white farmhouse on Dixie Road? Do you know what happened to it? Please share in the comment box below.
Postscript: Thanks to my blog readers, I found out that it was the Crawford Farmhouse and (suspiciously?) burnt down in 2006 – a year after being listed as one of the Most Significant buildings on Brampton’s Municipal Register of Cultural Heritage Resources http://www.brampton.ca/en/Arts-Culture-Tourism/heritage/Documents/H_HD_Inventory_Register.pdf