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Oshawa This Week: Former McLaughlin House at Risk
Reka Szekely | February 15, 2018

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Heritage Oshawa wants home associated with industrialist Robert McLaughlin preserved

From Issue No. 267 | April 1, 2018

Oshawa home Jane Clark
OSHAWA -- Jane Clark and Heritage Oshawa are asking that the home at 195 Simcoe St. N. be designated as a heritage property. The house was once home to Robert McLaughlin, who founded the McLaughlin Carriage Company that later became General Motors Canada. February 12, 2018. - Ryan Pfeiffer / Metroland  

Oshawa home Jane Clark
OSHAWA  Heritage Oshawa is asking city councillors to preserve a Simcoe Street North home that once
belonged to industrialist Robert McLaughlin whose company had a massive impact on the lives of Oshawans for decades.McLaughlin founded McLaughlin Carriage Works which would later become General Motors Canada under his son, RS "Sam" McLaughlin.At a development services committee last week, members of Heritage Oshawa asked the committee to consider a heritage designation for home located at 195 Simcoe St. N. The home sits within view of RS McLaughlins Parkwood mansion, a national historic site.
Speaking to the development services committee, Heritage Oshawa member Derek Grieve explained that Heritage Oshawa felt strongly about the buildings designation because of its association with McLaughlin as well as the fact that its one of the early homes constructed on Simcoe Street North.In addition to McLaughlin, who served as mayor of Oshawa, the house was also home to another former mayor, RH James.Jane Clark, also a member of Heritage Oshawa, spoke as well saying she was speaking on her own behalf and made an impassioned plea for the designation of the home.She pointed out the house was one of four homes associated with Robert McLaughlin in Oshawa and its the only one that remains standing.We havent done a very good job of taking care of Robert McLaughlins legacy so far, but perhaps we can redeem ourselves now, said Clark. 
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