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REMEMBER THIS? The Acland Houses are a Pearl Street landmark

Building was constructed in 1880 as a rental property for William Acland
The Acland Houses at 383-385 Pearl Street.

The History of 383-385 Pearl Street- “The Acland Houses” February 3, 2023

The last historic building on this section of the street, 383-385 Pearl Street is considered a local landmark and is an excellent example of a row house with Italianate details.

The building was constructed in 1880 for William Acland, who was a florist, and served as a rental income property. It was rented until the death of Acland’s son Joseph in 1915.

The 1909 Assessment Rolls show the owner of the property as Mrs. Joseph Acland, who lived next door in a house she owned at the corner of Pearl Street and Princess Street (now Lakeshore).

The Assessment Rolls lists one of the tenants as W.H. Finnemore, a miller at his “Rolling Flour Mill.” Finnemore was hired at 50 cents per day to pump water into the tank of the Village watering truck that kept the dust down on the unpaved streets. He was also the first chairman of the Library Board in 1872.

After Joseph Acland’s death, one house was sold to Charles Easton, a conductor and motorman for the Radial Electric Railway, his wife and their five children. The house to the north was sold to Mary McAvoy Finnemore, the widow of W.H. Finnemore. The Finnemores had been tenants in the house since at least 1903.

The next Burlington Historical Society Speaker's meeting is Monday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Room at Burlington Central Library, New Street. Our speaker will be Thanh Campbell, who came to Canada as a Vietnamese Orphan after the war in 1975. A free event! All are welcome.


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