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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 


Thornhill Historical Foundation has a relationship (formal or informal) with the following organizations:

  • Ontario Historical Society
    This is the legal "parent" of all historical organizations in Ontario. It is a not-for-profit charity which receives some finalcial support from the Ontario Government.
  • Ontario Heritage Trust
    This is the Province's lead heritage agency. 
  • Society for the Preservation of Historic Thornhill (SPOHT)
  • aka Thornhill Historical Society
    SPOHT is a not-for profit volunteer organization charged with preserving the surviving remnants of 19th Century and early 20th Century Thornhill.
  • City of Vaughan
    The Robert West Heritage House is within the City of Vaughan. The City plays a role in designating properties within its boundaries as having historical value.
  • City of Markham
  • The Foundation has no formal relationship with the City of Markham.   However, there is an informal relationship given that a portion of Thornhill exists within Markham, and the Robert West Heritage House faces onto Markham from the west side of Yonge Street.



 Letter of Good Standing From Ontario Historical Society


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