Colleen O’Marra writes with regard to Donna Magee’s comment at a previous post:
Under Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada: Richard Ough was born in East Gwillimbury Twp., York County, Oct. 24,1841, uncle of John Ought, local builder and hotel keeper at Newmarket. Ough left Canada and moved to California in 1868 to work as a builder and may be related to Joseph Ought (1841-1897) another Canadian-born architect and builder who was active in Sacramento, California. Richard Ough was described as a “gentleman in middle-life, native of Canada”, who was previously in California (17 years), then opened an office in Toronto in 1885.
He was commissioned by American developer John Wilkie to plan the Long Branch Grove Resort on Lake Promenade. This was a scheme of 250 wooded villa lots adjacent to a new hotel and a tract of private residences also designed by Ough. His best known work is the Masonic Hall at Yonge and Glouster Street, 1888 (restored in 1972). Ough left again for California in 1892 and moved to Washington, D.C., later to Bathesda, Maryland. Ough died in Oakland County, Almeida (Cal.), Jan. 20, 1920.
Hope this info. is helpful to [Donna] Magee. (C. O’Marra)
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This is highly valuable information!
The Long Branch Subdivisions Map below shows where the Long Branch Grove Resort on Lake Promenade would have been located. That is, I assume it would have been located in the area marked as Long Branch Park. I’ve posted as well a hand-drawn map by Bill Rawson, from a previous post, showing where the original hotel had been located. The final map shows where the shoreline of Lake Ontario used to run before the shoreline was extended southward in the years after the Long Branch Hotel burned down.
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