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About The Foundation

The Thornhill Heritage Foundation was founded in 2009 to own and maintain assets deemed to be of significant heritage, historic, cultural importance, or of major financial value. Our current proerty is:

Robert West Heritage House

7780 Yonge Street (entrance off Old Yonge Street) L4J 1W3 



About The Robert West House

The Robert West Heritage House, as 7780 Yonge Street is known, is the only house in Thornhill to be continuously inhabited by the same family since it was built. Robert Arthur West (1816 - 1884), an English immigrant, came to Upper Canada in the 1830s. 



About Mrs. Keith

Katherine Louisa Keith (nee West) was born in Toronto in 1912. She was the great grandaughter of Robert West and became his last living descendent.


In 2008, with her advancing age, she decided that the best way to ensure that the house was preserved was to donate it 


The mission of the Thornhill Heritage Foundation is to:

Own and maintain assets deemed to be of significant heritage, historic, and/or cultural importance, or of major financial value, donated directly to the Foundation, or re-assigned from the Society for the Preservation of Historic Thornhill (also known commonly as The Thornhill Historical Society or often identified as ‘SPOHT’).

Establish an Endowment Fund to receive, own and administer financial holdings comprising bequests and/or other capital investments donated to the Foundation (or assigned to it from The Society) and to generate regular income for the Fund in order to maintain the assets owned by the Foundation or to provide the potential for support to projects of The Society or other organization(s) as directed by the Board.





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