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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 Thornhill Heritage Foundation is a registered Ontario Charity, created to refurbish and maintain the classic Robert West Heritage House, circa 1843.

This is a very expensive task.  While the property is being maintained through donations from friends, the Directors and the rental part of the House, it is proving more difficult to develop it in the way the donor would have liked, namely as a museum and community space honouring Thornhill's heritage. 

To preserve this part of Thornhill's history, we respectfully ask for donations by corporations and individuals.  The Foundation, as a registered charity, will provide tax receipts.

Donations of financial securities are most welcome! Under CRA tax rules, a security may be donated at current market value (the charitable receipt value) with NO CAPITAL GAINS TAX payable by the donor, nor by the Foundation.  Bequests are also welcome and we will place a permanent plaque to commemorate the donor.

To make a donation you can send an e-transfer from your bank account to  In the information box please add your name, address and postal code so a tax receipt can be issued.  If you require any more information please contact us.  Many thanks for your attention and consideration.


The Foundation's Fund Raising campaign at present is named Pick a Picket. For further information press here.

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