Plaqued Houses and Buildings
176 Front Street - The McDonald House
The James McDonald House was built in 1837. James McDonald was a Scottish immigrant, and a carpenter.
Property Details:
James McDonald was born in Aberlour, Banffshire, Scotland in 1771, arrived in Oakville in 1830 and in 1837 bought the land on which he built this house. A carpenter and builder, his first work in Oakville was on pier construction in the harbour. In 1850 McDonald helped build Oakville’s first Presbyterian Church.

He was the father of James McDonald Jr., Catherine Kate McDonald, and Margaret McDonald. James McDonald is buried at the Oakville/St. Mary’s Cemetery.

The house was bought in 1939 by Mrs. Ella Gibbons, who made many renovations to the property.

The house is an excellent example of Neo-Classical architecture in Oakville.
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