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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 



Fundraising campaign  2021-23


For a donation of $ 50

have your name on a plaque attached to our new picket fence

Many thanks to following persons who have donated to this campaign


Andrea Evans                                Carol Clifford                                   Chrissy Cadorin

Colleen Ryan                                 David & Cathy Rawcliffe                  Denis Kelly

Elaine Stecyk                                 Janis Silvestri                                  Joan Peterson

JoAnne Peach                               Judy & Brian Ryan                           Lorna Rogers

Roger & Lorna Jones                    Ryan & Dawson Holdings Inc          Wendy Locke

Carolyn Carruthers                        Sandra Moad                                   Reilly, Back CPAs

'Women in Golf'                             in memory of Caroline Metcalfe          Cheryl Richman

Diane Berwick                               Lauren Wirtzfeld                               Cathy Waine

Lorraine Bailie                               Stanley Kirshenblatt                         Stephanie Sikora

Maureen O'Hearn                         Jim & Kae Broughton                       Martha Jarrell

Glenna Durisin                              Lillian Healey                                   Gretchen Kemsies

Cyril Danjoux                                Gary & Gail Hyrchuk                        Alan Shefman        

Sheena Sookram                          Laura Burke                                       

Steven Mathew Opulencia

Valerie & David Burke 

Sammy Mathias Shalforoshzadeh

Shane Matteo Shalforoshzadeh


Fall 2022

We are pleased to announce that the new picket fence along Yonge Street has been installed.

Many thanks to all our supporters. 
The line of the fence was determined by the location of undergound services.
The fence has to 'weather' over the winter, after which it will be painted white.
The names, submitted by our supporters, are being prepared for installation after the painting.


 If you wish to contribute to this fundraising effort to replace the aging picket fence at the Robert West Heritage House, please contact the Thornhill Heritage Foundation Treasurer (Roger Jones) at

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