The Frontenac Heritage Foundation believes that its property, 62-66 Brock Street – the last remaining modest tradesman’s shop in the downtown – needs to be preserved. Consequently, the Property Committee decided to restore the street façade to the way it would have looked during the late 19th century. The restoration was based upon early photographs and remaining physical evidence. In addition, we have plans to renovate the rear annex and yard.
The exact year 62-66 Brock Street was built is uncertain but there is evidence that the land was developed as early as the mid-1820s. Research is ongoing. As building upgrades occur, we photograph and record what is revealed. Our visual records will be especially important for the future restoration of components that are being covered over in the current renovations. We enjoy good relations with our tenants and neighbours.
Significant improvements were made in 2004 to the plumbing and electrical services. Also, air-conditioning was added to the retail spaces. It is important that this property now meets all City of Kingston codes for fire and safety. The main floor has been strengthened and the commercial space fire-rated.
The exterior improvements to 62-66 Brock Street are very noticeable. Almost all of the later yellow paint has been removed from the brickwork facing the street. The original first-floor cornice has been replicated and the woodwork painted in period colours. Inappropriate signage has been replaced with tasteful overhanging signs.