Lambton House is located at 4066 Old Dundas Street, just west of the intersection of Scarlett Road and Dundas Street West, on the east side of the Humber River. It was a hotel and tavern for 140 years until it's vacancy in 1988 and it's a building I've often passed and wondered about.
Today, on a beautiful Saturday in the city, I convinced my brother Ryan to join me for a walk to James Gardens. We left the path briefly to visit Lambton House and snap a few pictures. With the game heading to overtime, I'm now doing a little research on this historical site.
During the prosperous period of Lambton Mills (1850 - 1915), Lambton House was surrounded by large grist mills, saw mills, woolen mills and the local Post Office. The Lambton House was the centre of social activity for the area as well as serving as a station on the stagecoach route on Southern Ontario's main east-west highway. During the early part of the 20th century, Lambton House was a favourite destination for city residents looking for a place to picnic and enjoy a trip to the "country". Lambton House survived the devastating fire of 1915 that destroyed the surrounding buildings, saved by the fact that it was the sole brick building in the area. During Hurricane Hazel, Lambton House served as a staging point for rescue efforts.
The building was designated as an historical site by the City of York in 1985 and the plaque dedicated during the York Bicentennial celebrations in 1993. Restoration began in 1991, with funding from the Province, the City and Heritage York. The exterior was completed in early 1994. Phase II, the main floor interior, was completed in 1998. Phase III, the second floor, was completed in 2002.