Hello there future and current University of Guelph students! Can you imagine propping your house up on skids and blocks and moving it across town? If that sounds like a crazy idea to you, now imagine doing so without packing up the house, leaving all the furniture, kitchenware, everything in place while doing so. That is exactly what the University of Guelph did with the historical President’s House in 1912, when local builder Reuben Rogers and his team transported the house from the current location of Creelman’s Hall with horses and round logs to its current location on 100 College Avenue. Amazingly, the movers did so without damaging a single thing! Built in 1882 from local limestone, the President’s House is a great place to visit if your are an Agriculture student or an “Aggie,” as it was built for the President of Agriculture (hence the name). You should also come see the house if you are one that appreciates Guelph and the University’s local history. Perhaps even you are just an architecture aficionado that would enjoy the stone masonry and Italianate Style of the building. Whichever the case, I think we can all agree that the President’s House is an underappreciated piece of Guelph’s history that needs more of our attention!
20th-Century, Agriculture, architecture, guelph, historic site, Local History, public history, students, University of Guelph
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