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170 Douglas Street, Stratford
Address: 170 Douglas Street Stratford, ON
This home is a great example of Jacobethan Revival style construction with front and side gable and large corner brackets. It is characteristic of this style to have an arch or decorative wooden door along with distinctive windows, gable, and copper roofs. It is one of few homes of this style in Stratford. The property was originally owned by C.E. McIlhargy, a wholesale merchant, until 1924 when it was sold to the Joseph Rankin Family who built the house in 1927. Joseph Rankin ran a local confectionary business that was started in 1874. His son Gordon, who also lived in this house, ran the business until his retirement in 1953. Rankin Store was known as a Soda Fountain, Ice Cream Parlour, and a Lunch Room. Gordon Rankin was the last surviving member of his family of 8 boys and 1 girl. The family set a Canadian record by forming a hockey team of 8 brothers on one lineup! In later years it was sold to local physician Dr. Peter C. Roberts and then Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Heitbohmer, a local dentist.