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MISSISSAUGA’S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER PHOTOS CONFIRM PREVIOUS MINOR DAMAGE BEFORE THE *BIG* ONE

September 11th, 2010  

Zero doubt. The Dowling Heritage House, home of the Streetsville’s first Mayor sustained at least two hits in August 2010. And some photos from the Autotrader.ca car ads confirm this.

We shared the video and photos with the evil emp– City and we’ll eventually report on what happens.

As always, the video and the transcript.

Video: MISSISSAUGA’S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER PHOTOS CONFIRM PREVIOUS MINOR DAMAGE (5:48 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting/videotaping in front of computer, August 31, 2010)

It is Tuesday, August the 31st, 2010 and this is what the Toronto Star looks like. That’s not where we’re going. I want to show you an ad in the AutoTrader for a 2006 Dodge Charger.

I’d mentioned that I had gone and looked at this car. And you can do a 360 here.

And I had gone and looked at this car —oh I don’t know, I believe it was a Monday, and it just happened to be also the place where the Dowling House, Streetsville’s first mayor —the home of Streetsville’s first mayor happened to be, okay?

I didn’t know this at the time. I was just interested in the car. But you can kind of see in the background here photograph of what turns out to be the Dowling House and also the truck.

Now what’s interesting is that when you when you take the Mississauga News, right here, inform people about the Dowling House to let them know that—  Right there I made a comment.

But anyway you can see here this big gaping hole in the Dowling House. And yet when you compare it to this photograph right here —let’s click on it. And we’re going to get rid of, well, you can kind of see it but let’s just make it like this and over. And you can see —what I did, just to show you, was took this photograph right here over. And now I magnified it.

And when you pull it over like this you can see that the Dowling House had very very little damage and still had much of its front there. Too bad you can’t see much more but let’s just do a really close close-up here just to record this. Looks like it still may even have had a door, I don’t know.

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MINOR DAMAGE)

But compare that to what exists here. I mean the window is taken completely out. The brick goes beyond the window and into here. So again let’s just take a look here —and the Dowling House here.

There was damage, initial damage done —they might possibly have thought oh well, we don’t want to pay for the insurance— I don’t know, I’m speculating, of course, but there was damage done when this photo of this Dodge Charger was taken. And this ad has been up for quite a while.

Certainly before —there it is.

So it’s very clear, if nothing else, that there were two runs taken at this house. And then you see this part, there is likely the initial damage done and then this gaping hole.

Again. Here. Versus, where is it —there.

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MAJOR DAMAGE)

I’ll try to make this a little bit easier so you can see. This. Versus That.

[FOUR PICS showing actual ad and then magnification]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (videotaping in the parking lot of the Streetsville’s Dowling House, August 27, 2010):

It is Friday, August 27, 2010 and last Monday I was here looking at this car here, a white Dodge Charger. And we pulled up just to the other side of this truck and noticed this house.

And I thought, unh, looks like it’s slated for demolition, right? And I thought yet another piece of Mississauga —old Mississauga is gone.

And then yesterday, or the day before, in the Mississauga News, it was reported that this house isn’t just any old house, it is the house of the former mayor of Streetsville.

And on top of it, it wasn’t set for demolition it was— I guess they’re hedging their bets and just calling it “apparently” done on purpose.

And what I’m doing now is I want to document this because you just never know when someone else is going to purposely back into it again and completely demolish it.

So I’m just going to do a —I was there for the Gray House. I documented Sanford properties being developed. And I thought, well, I might as well be here and take a look.

The details, it was the house of a former mayor of Streetsville —

[DIP TO WHITE]

We losing so much of the Old Mississauga. In fact this would be before there was a Mississauga. And I think what we’ll do, until such time as we’re told to go away, we’ll just do a walk-around.

[DIP TO BLACK TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 NO DAMAGE)

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MINOR DAMAGE)

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MAJOR DAMAGE PLUS LADDER)

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MAJOR DAMAGE)

That’s it. Can’t convince me that what happened to the Dowling House was an accident.

Last here’s the original video of the Dowling House so this Blog can have as complete a record as possible.

Video: Mississauga’s Dowling Heritage House: severely damaged “might have been a deliberate act” (5:56 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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Comments

2 Responses to “MISSISSAUGA’S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER PHOTOS CONFIRM PREVIOUS MINOR DAMAGE BEFORE THE *BIG* ONE”

  1. DeValera on September 12th, 2010 4:35 am

    Dowling House – once again Muse – a fine bit of journalism. I do hope you take the time to pass your proof to the different historical societies. Make sure the Councillor for the area is provided a copy. Nice work – DV

  2. The Mississauga Muse on September 12th, 2010 7:59 am

    Hi DeValera,

    Thanks for your note and the kind words. I emailed the Councillors on the Heritage Advisory committee back in August and told them about this (including video and pics).

    Will be taking both Blogs on the Dowling House and emailing those to the City Clerk’s office for inclusion into Council minutes under Correspondence.

    Never thought about the historical societies though –to be honest, don’t even know who they are.

    Either way I want the house repaired to its former self brick-by-brick. (Like that’s gonna happen).

    Funny how things work out though huh? Fate plants the house of the first mayor of Streetsville as a backdrop for a white Dodge Charger I was interested in checking out.

    What I don’t get is there was a video surveillance sign up. And we’ve heard nothing about what the cameras revealed. Strange, that.

    Take care.


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