City of Markham    
Markham Register of Property of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest
Address: 197 MAIN ST
Original Address:
Property Legal Description: CON 5 PT LT 12
Historical Name: The Salem Eckardt House
Heritage Conservation District: Unionville
Ward: 3
Year Built: 1837
Architect Style: Gothic Revival
Heritage Status of Property: Part IV (Individual)
Designation Bylaw: 298-78
Heritage Easement Agreement: No
History Description
Often called the Salem Eckardt House, this was the home of his brother, Andrew, Unionville's first postmaster and a participant in the 1837 Rebellion. Salem, a farmer, farm implement manufacturer, builder, tax collector, and auctioneer, planted maple trees along Main Street and is believed to have added the gables and verge-boards to the house. The house was purchased in the late 1950s by Kathleen McKay (nee Gormley) who hosted Fred Varley, an original member of the Group of Seven. Fred Varley lived out as a guest of Donald and Kathleen McKay. Varley painted his last works in the basement studio, overlooking the Rouge flood lands to the east. His name was given to the first large residential subdivision in Unionville, Varley Village, in the mid-1960s (beginning suburbanization). Varley died in 1969.
Contemporary Photograph Heritage Photograph
Key Map
Please note that the red boundary is not indicative of the actual heritage area and is only meant to highlight the property the heritage building(s) is located at. For a complete description of the actual heritage property please refer to the Designation Bylaw found above.

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