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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Whitby > Ringwood Manor (1876)
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Ringwood Manor (1876)
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created by fedge on 3/9/2005 4:47 PM
last modified by bandi on 2/9/2012 3:24 PM
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 Overview
 Description
Yellow home and attatched guest house on south side of the 401 freeway in Whitby, directly across the freeway from the AMC theatre.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Active
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
Address

Whitby, Ontario
Canada
Owner: Trinity Property Management
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    **JUNE 22, 2006 Mansion has been destroyed by fire, the interior is fully gutted, parts of the roof have collapsed.**

    Huge house situated along Canada's busiest freeway (King's Highway 401), this house and its guest house are rotting away but it really deserves to be saved and restored. The interesting feature is that the house is 129 years old!

    (Ringwood has been saved.)
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • nearby Rona store
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
     Recommended Equipment
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     History
    Whitby's Ringwood Mansion on verge of ruin

    Future use of heritage property still unknown

    February 15, 2005
    By David Blumenfeld
    From durhamregion.com

    WHITBY - A descendant of the man who built Ringwood Mansion says the house is a "goner" if nothing is done soon to restore the property.

    "I just think it will take an awful lot of money to get it up to par; to do something to restore it to its historical state," said Joan Cook, the great-great-granddaughter of Barnabus Gibson, who built the stately yellow brick home in 1876.

    The Victoria Street home - a fixture for commuters travelling along Hwy. 401 in and out of Whitby - was damaged earlier this month when sub-zero temperatures caused its aging pipes to burst, sending torrents of water through the 129-year-old structure.

    Ms. Cook, who had never seen the interior of the house until Feb. 13, said it would be a shame to see it deteriorate further. The house was built with a number of marble fireplaces and intricately designed ceilings, fixtures that can still be seen today, despite the mounds of ice inside.

    "When I peeked in the front window and saw that ceiling - it's absolutely amazing. I've never seen anything like it," she said. "Someone made a lot of effort in that house at one time, and it's historical."

    Town archivist Brian Winter said Mr. Gibson came to Whitby in 1871 and established himself as a contractor during the railway boom. After a number of prosperous years, a decline in railway construction forced him to mortgage the house, and in 1897, the bank foreclosed on it.

    Since then, a number of owners have taken control of the property. Most recently it served as headquarters for the Durham Business Advisory Committee. Today, it is a designated heritage property owned by Trinity Property Management, said Bob Short, Whitby's director of planning.

    "We've zoned the property as part of a large box development site... to try to protect the property," Mr. Short said, adding that the Town is looking at it for some sort of commercial use.

    Ms. Cook, on the other hand, said she had a number of ideas about how the structure could be used. It could become a museum, or made into some sort of entry point or greeting spot for Whitby visitors.

    Ms. Cook's husband, Bryn, said it would be a shame if the house was eventually razed to put in a parking lot.

    "The inside appears to be like a Siberian set from the movie Doctor Zhivago. It will be a horrible and wasteful shame if this is lost," he said.

    (As of now, it's actually been lovingly restored)
     Media Coverage
    (see above news story)
     Future Plans
    Has been restored/rebuilt. Yay!
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     Photo Galleries
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    fedge's first visit: February 25, 2005
    Wed, Mar 9th, 2005
    posted by fedge
    17 pictures
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    IanK1968 and fedge's interiors: June 8, 2005 part 2
    Thu, Jun 9th, 2005
    posted by IanK1968
    19 pictures
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    IanK1968 and fedge's interiors: June 8, 2005
    Thu, Jun 9th, 2005
    posted by fedge
    44 pictures
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    Myrkur's First Visit
    Fri, Aug 26th, 2005
    posted by Myrkur
    8 pictures
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    Destroyed by fire :(
    Thu, Jun 22nd, 2006
    posted by videonerd
    7 pictures
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    One of Rosie and Josh's visits
    Thu, Jun 22nd, 2006
    posted by vicexsquad
    15 pictures
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    aggr3ssor- post fire
    Wed, Sep 6th, 2006
    posted by Ares
    25 pictures
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    Ringwood after fire
    Mon, Mar 19th, 2007
    posted by whats left of the psych
    19 pictures
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    Back in the day
    Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
    posted by whats left of the psych
    4 pictures
     


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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 2/9/2012 5:45 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Feb 9 12 at 17:45, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Feb 9 12 at 15:24, bandi changed the following: History, Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Required Equipment, Future Plans
  • on Mar 11 11 at 6:30, Steed validated this location
  • on Mar 10 11 at 21:00, TheMadHatter changed the following: Status, Security Measures, Required Equipment
  • on Jul 25 08 at 6:32, Steed validated this location
  • on Jun 7 08 at 2:22, fedge made this location public
  • on Aug 3 07 at 20:15, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 4 07 at 17:28, nightbird deleted gallery Dukka & White Trash and its 35 pictures
  • on Mar 23 07 at 23:21, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 23 07 at 1:31, whats left of the psych updated gallery Back in the day
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Tearing Ringwood DownKHolmes1346677/22/2012 8:28 PM by rainman8889
    You must log in for this feature to work.Gate Openedtracy jane36698/2/2010 2:10 AM by hyphen
    You must log in for this feature to work.some picsannabelle06065/22/2010 7:27 PM by annabelle
    You must log in for this feature to work.It's accessible again..vicexsquad49769/14/2009 6:24 PM by PartyPooper
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