Jakes-MacLean Block - Merrickville, Ontario
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N 44° 54.965 W 075° 50.211
18T E 433947 N 4973968
Quick Description: The Jakes-MacLean Block is located at the intersection of Main and St-Lawrence Streets in Merrickville.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 11/10/2012 4:17:49 AM
Waymark Code: WMFNQB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
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Long Description:
"The Village of Merrickville is one of a number of heritage communities located along the Rideau Canal in Eastern Ontario. The building at 105 St. Lawrence Street, commonly referred to as the Jakes-McLean Block, is situated at the south-east corner of the intersection between St. Lawrence and Main Streets. The three-storey stone structure was constructed in 1861-63 and dominates the streetscape as the largest and most prominent commercial block in the village.

Originally built as a department store in 1861 and completed by 1863, it is believed that the Jakes-McLean Block was at one time the largest department store between Montreal and Chicago. Following its retail use, the building continued its prominent role in the development of Merrickville with varying stints as a library, a bank, a dancehall, an inn, offices and apartments.

The Jakes-McLean Block is named after two of the most prominent figures in the history of Merrickville. Samuel Jakes was a merchant, farmer, postmaster, schoolteacher and the second reeve of Merrickville. After purchasing the building in 1871, Mr. Jakes operated an extremely lucrative general store that experienced continued success through the turn of the century. The second prominent figure in Merrickville's history was Harry F. McLean, the eccentric millionaire and railway builder who purchased the building for office use in the 1940s. Mr. McLean specialized in construction projects that others deemed impossible and by the time of his death his successes had included the Montreal Aqueduct, the Abitibi Dam and a railroad line to Flin Flon, Manitoba. Mr. McLean was also known across the continent in the 1940s as “Mr. Giveaway,” after various newspapers and magazines documented his spur-of-the-moment cash philanthropies that included passing out one-hundred dollar bills to complete strangers.

Architecturally, the three-storey building forms an L-shaped footprint and is constructed of rough coursed ashlar on its street-fronting facades and rubblestone on its other elevations. Construction began on the building in 1861 by E.H. Whitmarsh, however, it was not completed until George Montgomery took over the project in 1863. As such, the building was the last stone commercial block to be constructed in Merrickville and it remains a dominating feature in the village. The building's most distinguished architectural features are its corner design, its hipped roof, its heavily bracketed cornice and its profusion of stone stringcourses and vertical banding."

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Building or Property Type: Commercial Building

County or Regional Municipality: Leeds and Grenville

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