Photo courtesy of the City of Vaughan Archives.
Peter Rupert House
Originally at 2144 Rutherford Road, then moved to Belmont Crescent
An excerpt from the by-law that protects this site:
(Ontario Heritage Trust.
The Rupert family were among the first pioneers to arrive in Vaughan, settling in Sherwood. In 1803, Benjamin Cozens received a Crown grant for 200 acres of land on Lot 12, Concession 3. Adam Rupert purchased the 200 acres from Cozens and later gifted it to his son Peter in 1835. The Peter Rupert house was built between 1851 and 1861 at 2144 Rutherford Road in the Georgian style, embellished with architectural ornaments inspired by Classical Revival influences. The symmetrical proportions rendered with simplicity are borrowed from the Georgian style. In 1851 the log house was a one storey, but by 1861, the Census records list it as the present two storey brick house. The original Rupert property stayed in the family for more than 100 years. In 1848, Peter gave a part of his land to the Methodist church and cemetery and was known as Ruperts Settlement. In 1885, Peter passed the house and land to his son Thomas and in 1914, Thomas left the land to Bertie Jackson, a relative of the Rupert family by marriage. Jackson then sold the land to John Strathy in 1946 and it was passed to the current owners today. The house is currently at 51 Belmont Crescent and remains as a testament to the important role of the Rupert family in Vaughan's early history. The style of the house tells that the family were no longer pioneers living in log houses but were well-established prosperous farmers. The Peter Rupert House was designated as a heritage property in 1987.
City of Vaughan Bylaw # 341-87 heritage designation
Kalinowski, Tess. "Century home hits the market in Vaughan." Toronto Star, Nov. 02, 2016.
York Region. “Peter Rupert House.” Flickr, Yahoo!, 5 June 2017, www.flickr.com/photos/yorkregiongovt/34990175021/.