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OEVCA Annual General Meeting
 
Old East Village News
Old East VillagE COmmunity assOCiatiOn
Old East Village News
Fall 2007
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 Annecke Somann, President OEVCA
A BIG CHANGE!
It’s a combined newsletter that had previously beenpublished independently by the OEVBIA and theOEVCA from the Old East Village. Both organiza-tions noticed an overlap with quite a few articles inthe past and that the issues came out at about thesame time. The time has come to combine ourresources to offer all who live or work in the OldEast, a single newsletter that provides informationabout events happening in both the residential andthe commercial areas within the Old East Village.Look for more changes in the Old East VillageNews formatting as we respond to comments/sug-gestions from our readers and our partnershipdevelops in producing this newsletter. Thanks areextended to Larry Osborn and Sonia Wolf on theirhard work in getting this done.
OEVCA OPEN MEMBERSHIPMEETINGS
The executive members of the OEVCA Board haverecently passed an amendment to conduct all ourMembership (formerly Board) meetings in an openmanner.Our Vision is to aid and empower residents of ourneighbourhood through advocacy, education andcommunity involvement in order to establish apositive and healthy relationship with each otherand greater London.Our Purpose is to promote, facilitate, co-ordinate,support or undertake activities that will enhancethe quality of life of the Old East Village.To this end, we cordially invite any current-paid-up OEVCA member:
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OEVCA Executive Members
President:Annecke Somannchair@oevca.caVice-President:Frank FiliceTreasurer:Christina BreenSecretary:Heather Philipsadmin@oevca.caDirectors at Large:Greg Anthony Donna CurrieTed TownPast President:Greg Thompson
Subcommittee Chairs
Garden Club: Donna CurrieNewsletter: Sonia Wolf Tree Nursery:Laura Macnamara Web Maven:Heather Philipsadmin@oevca.ca
OEVCA President’s Message
Check outour website:www.oevca.ca
 When:
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
 Where: Details To Be Announced Early Spring 2008 on our website: www.oevca.ca Who: All residents of the OEVCA area * may attend;Members of the OEVCA may vote** Agenda Items: Update on past year’s OEVCA activitiesOn-going OEVCA activitiesOEVCA Board Elections
** Elections: Four executive positions will be decided:PresidentTreasurer/MembershipTwo Members-at-LargeNominations will be accepted from the floor. Only members of the OEVCA areeligible to run, and vote in these elections. Memberships will be available at thedoor ($10 per family).
* The Old East Village Community Association takes in the area bounded by:North: Railroad tracks just north of Central Ave./Elias St.East: Railroad tracks next to the Kellogg plantSouth: Railroad tracks just south of Florence St./Western Fair/York St.West: Adelaide St.
 
It has been a busy year and a half sinceCouncil approved the by-law creating OldEast Village as London’s third, and largest,heritage conservation district. Judging fromthe number of calls and messages received itis heartening to see the extent to which thecommunity is supportive of this initiative.One needs only to wander through theneighbourhood to see evidence of a renewedawareness of the heritage character sostrongly expressed in many of the buildingsthere. Equally encouraging is the awarenessof residents of the small grant programavailable through the London Community Foundation for owners of designated prop-erties who have projects aimed at conserv-ing or restoring heritage elements of thoseproperties. Almost half the grants awardedin the 2007 allocation process went tohomes in Old East Village for such thingsas restoration and repainting of Victorian woodwork detail, repairs to existing porch-es, conservation of stain glass windows andmasonry repairs and restorations. Property owners should keep this program in mind when applications are available in January for the 2008 budget allocation. Just remem-ber that grants must be for work related toheritage conservation and can not be award-ed for work that has already been carriedout. There is no guarantee of receiving agrant as the allocation committee must bemindful of the amount of funds generatedby the endowment fund and the number of applications received in determining whichapplications might be the most appropriateto receive funding in 2008 following theapplication deadline of April 1. Informationabout this program is available on line onthe London Community Foundation web-site.
Heritage Guidelines
 A number of questions have been askedabout when a heritage alteration applicationand approval is necessary. Residents didreceive a brochure outlining this at the timeof the District’s creation. If you are new tothe area, or have mislaid this, a copy can beobtained from the Heritage Planner’s officeor by looking online. Normally, an altera-tion application is needed for changes to anexisting front exterior façade, whether thisinvolves a porch alteration, window replace-ment, cladding removal or replacement,and removal or restoration of decorative woodwork. Interior changes, additions tothe rear or side if they are not too large inrelation to the rest of the original structure,exterior repairs using similar materials donot require an alteration permit. If indoubt, contact the heritage planner’s officein advance of any work being done. Keep inmind that, if an alteration application isneeded, because it must be approved by theLACH and Planning Committee andCouncil, there often is a 4-6 week approvalperiod before a permit can be granted.Depending on the consultant’s original clas-sification of each building in terms of itsauthentic heritage details some approvalsmay be given immediately by the heritageplanner.
Conservation Tips
Need some advice as to how to restore or whether to restore an element that may have some heritage importance? Start by accessing the Conservation Guidelines that were produced as part of the creation of theHeritage Conservation District. This isavailable at the library, the Old East B.I.A office, and, most accessibly for many on-line on the City’s website. These can pro-vide some general ideas as to what would bepreferable in terms of renovations to theexterior. For specific projects the heritageplanner may have additional informationthat can be shared. Occasionally workshopsare arranged by groups such as the HeritageLondon Foundation and the ArchitecturalConservancy. Such workshops may focuson a particular theme such as replacingheritage windows.Possibly by the time this newsletter is dis-tributed, the City’s electronic e-maps willshow its new heritage website. While the website identifies buildings that are listed asPriority properties on the City’s Inventory of Heritage Resources or designated underPart IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, it also allows viewers to access conser-vation plans and guidelines for each of London’s three heritage conservation dis-tricts.If you want to know what the Inventory says about a particular building enter theaddress once you call up the heritage map.If you want to find a link to the OntarioMinistry of Culture, or even the provisionsof the Ontario Heritage Act check out theLondon City Heritage Map at www.lon-don.ca when it is available. Also availablethere will be the initial report by the con-sultants for the proposed West WoodfieldHeritage Conservation District.
Old East Village Street Signs
Coming soon Old East Village can antici-pate having its own distinctive street sig-nage recognizing the distinct character of the district. For more than a year, represen-tatives from the Old East Community  Association have been consulting with theCity to revise the City’s policy with respectto distinct signage, and, more recently, toselect a sign which responds to the com-munity’s identity. While this process hastaken longer than originally thought, it ishoped that new signs will be erected withina few months. Thanks are extended to Annecke Somann, Donna Currie andFrank Filice for their diligence in pursuingthis matter.
by Don Menard 
Old East Village Heritage Conservation District News
"As I've walked and cycled through the neighbourhood this year I noticed numerous properties being restored, renovated or otherwiseimproved. This certainly adds to the pleasure of a leisurely meander through the streets of Old East. Here are some examples!"
by Frank Felice 
 
 A few caveats are in order:
In almost every home history wehave done, the year in which theaddress first showed up in the city directory is later than the yeargiven obtained by lawyers on theTitle Search. The reason, I think,is that most of the homes inOld East were built on specby property developersbetween 1885 and 1910.Consequently, the title search will reveal the date in whichthe properties were severedfrom the original land grants and sold to developers. But, of course,homes were not built and resold to the first occupants until sometime after this.Sometimes, you may run into problems with addresses that don'tseem to line up, though this is mainly a problem when you aredoing a block of homes. Interestingly enough, in a few locations, itappears that smaller homes were torn down at the turn of the 20thcentury to allow for the construction of the homes we now have. Ina few of these cases, we seemed to have dropped some addresses with the bigger lot sizes put in place. When you are out walkingaround, these sites are quite easy to locate. Look for jumps in streetaddresses; like from 810 Lorne Avenue to 814 Lorne Avenue. Twohomes now sit where three used to.The last caveat pertains to accuracy. Mistakes will be made in thehistory search. My opinion is that this is relatively unimportant.The aim of the project is to capture a snapshot of the neighbour-hood as it first existed; the age of the buildings, the people who firstlived here and their occupations. It's an exercise in social history nottitle searching.
Okay So I live in the East end, So what!
 When my family and I decided to move to the Old East Villagethere were many different options expressed by our friends andfamily.Some wondered if raising a child in the village was a safe environ-ment, some felt that the investment was not a sound one, and some( mostly friends of our age and ilk) said cool! At least nobody willcomplain if you hang your laundry outside( unlike some of themore desirable suburban areas) Well we ve been here for 6 yearsnow and those opinions have changed.Now our friends ask us if there are any good houses for sale! They  want to move here too! Our family oohs and ahhs over the heritagehomes in the area. People are envious of our garden club, commu-nity association, events at our school, and the atmosphere of theneighbourhood. We made this happen by bringing a community together, so getinvolved. Lets make this neighbourhood the envy of our friends andfamily, so when people ask where you live, we can proudly say, TheOld East Village!
by Susan Pedersonby Greg Thompson, OEVCA Past-President 
 A few years ago, Susan and I were driving through Fergus, Ontarioand noticed that many of the homes in the core had signs indicat-ing the year the home was built and the name and occupation of the original occupant(s). Having never been shy about using otherpeople's ideas, we thought this might be an interesting project forthis neighbourhood. Judging from the number of calls that we receive on these signs,people are noticing that these signs are proliferating. It's an inter-esting way for us to brand our neighbourhood and to draw atten-tion to the occupations of our first residents. We have arranged a bulk price for these signs with Print Studio avery good printing shop located at the corner of Dundas andDorinda Streets here in Old East Village. (1050 Dundas StreetEast, 519-951-9595, print@printstudio.ca ) They have a templatein place and they are charging $20 per sign. The signs are vinyllettering on sign-grade aluminum. We've had ours up for nearly two years now and have had next to no deterioration. In our expe-rience the best and safest method of installation is with closedS-hooks hanging from eyelet screws (pry open the S-hooks toattach the sign and the eyelet and then close them again, it's very difficult for someone to then remove). Chris Reid at the Old EastVillage Hardware Store on Dundas (at English) has the hardware instock.Now for the harder part; researching the history of your home.Susan and I have now done about 40 homes in the 'hood and it isquite easy (if a little hard on the eyes).The Central Branch of the London Public Library has the originalCity Directories on microfiche. These are located in the LondonRoom (3rd floor) and the reference librarians are eager to help getyou set up. The directories begin around 1885. Each year, there areusually 5 years worth on each microfiche reel. The city directory contains two major parts. First there is a Street Directory, in alpha-betical order. From the street directory, you will get the year of thehome and the name of the first occupant. Pick a year around whereyou think your home was built and look for the address in the streetdirectory section. If the number is not there, move forward to thenext year, and so on until the address first shows up. If it is therereverse the process; go back until the first year in which the addressdoes not appear and then move forward one year to the first cita-tion. This will be the year in which the first occupant moved in.Once you have located the year in which your street address is firstcited, proceed to the second section in that year's directory, whichis the Name Directory, again listed in alphabetical order. This willgive you the occupation of the first resident and, perhaps, theemployer. (Hint: several times we located year and first occupantfrom the street directory but there was no mention in the namedirectory of an occupation and/or employer. If this happens to you,check the name directory for the following year(s), you might getlucky).
Heritage House Signs - A Social History of the Old East Village

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