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POSTCARD MEMORIES: Bradford's Wilkinson House reflective of '20s Arts and Crafts era

The Wilkinson House was built on Simcoe Road by Art Saint and George Stoddart around 1923 in the Arts and Crafts era
Wilkinson House at 31 Simcoe Road

Postcard Memories is a series of historic views, stories, and photos of Bradford and the area, a trip down memory lane on a Saturday morning.

The Wilkinson House located at 31 Simcoe Rd. is a mid-block building that was built by Art Saint and/or George Stoddart around 1923 in the Arts and Crafts style.

The Arts and Crafts era lasted from the 1880s-1920s, an international trend in fine arts and decor of durable, well-made products. 

The house was sold to Chris Long, his daughter, and her husband Fred Wilkinson (a printer for the Bradford Witness newspaper) and daughter Marjorie.

When they moved to Toronto to work at the DeHavill and Aircraft Company during the Second World War, the house was sold to a market gardener whose family lived there for many years.

The 1½-storey, two-bay bungalow has a simple form with an asymmetrical façade and a rectilinear plan. A broad, steeply-pitched, gable roof extends down to reduce the scale of the building from the street. It covers the open front porch and is supported on wood half-columns on brick piers. There is an off-centre hall entrance from the porch. The porch (entered from the front) is raised and has a simple, wood handrail and baluster. There are wide window openings with low floor-to-ceiling heights. A wide band of windows across the front of the dormer emphasizes the horizontal lines and massing of this house.

The wide windows are set into rectangular openings. Smaller, second-storey windows in the front dormer are offset from the ground-floor windows and have plain, wood sills and trim. The windows and the second entrance door are not original. A mix of exterior cladding materials is common to this style. The house has returned eaves at the dormer roof. Wood frame construction has brick, masonry cladding and vinyl siding on the dormer. The original cladding would have been wood. There is a painted, concrete foundation. 

-From the BWGPL Archives