Heritage Homes Disputes- Abner Nichols House

Heritage Homes Disputes- Abner Nichols House



CARLETON PLACE – A crusader in heritage causes in Lanark County is gearing up for battle once again. This time the issue is a little too close to home, says Carleton Place resident Judith Hughes. Hughes, who lives in a century-old house on the town’s main street, is objecting to proposed renovations to a commercial building only 4  feet away.

The one-storey cinder block structure is owned by self-employed contractor Al Roberts, who plans to add a second-storey and turn it into offices. If he does, Hughes says she’ll sue Roberts and Carleton Place for loss of enjoyment of her property. She also says the “ghastly” renovations to Roberts’s building will destroy the quaint streetscape of Bridge Street, “something I have worked hard to preserve ” Roberts says the “heritage-type renovations” he has planned will complement Hughes’s house and that he has tried hard to resolve the brewing conflict with his neighbour.



Taken Sept 18, 2019

Hughes says there is no way Roberts can meet the stringent legal requirements of the site plan agreement. “Basically, there is insufficient land to carry out what he plans.” Roberts cites himself as a heritage restoration expert and says he has carried out more than 50 such jobs in the county in the past five years.

Hughes has completely restored two houses on the town’s main street after they were designated as heritage structures. One, known as the Hugh McMillan House, dates back to 1825. More recently, Hughes poured about $100,000 into renovating the 1870 Abner Nichols House, where she now lives. The Carleton Place woman also battled successfully for the heritage designation of a third building on the town’s main street ( Levine) and has restored several century homes throughout Lanark County.

Update- Ms Hughes the Nichols home on the right and it is boarded up today slowly wasting away


The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 Nov 1986, Thu  •  Page 




Stories About Judith Hughes

Dim All The Lights — The Troubled Times of the Abner Nichols Home on Bridge Street

The Day The Moose in Carleton Place Burned Down

What is Heritage? — The Old Hotel in Almonte

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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