Research Services

Home and Property History Research

Prices of all services are subject to change without prior notice.  However, we guarantee that no increase in price will be charged to you if we receive your request for our service prior to any published raise in price for this service.

"If your house could talk what story would it tell?"

We offer house history research to private home and property owners as well as realtors. The end product is a hand-bound coffee table book about the history of your home or property for our top-drawer packages.

The process involves researching and writing the history of your property and presenting the resulting text, along with professionally taken photographs of your house, garden and immediate neighbourhood. The results of our property history research are then assembled and printed professionally in 8w x 10h inch (20 x 25 cm) format on 80# semi-matte printing paper and bound into a black hardback linen-covered book and wrapped with a 4-colour printed dust jacket.

Some of the properties in St. Catharines for which we have completed histories for clients are:

25 Academy Street
109 Albert Street
5 Edmund Street
181 Geneva Street
187 Geneva Street (residential & commercial)
175 King Street
31 Raymond Street
53 Scott Street (residential & commercial)
53 Wellington Street

The purposes for this type of research can be any one or more of the following:

National Register of Historic Places Nomination:

This report includes a section describing the historic nature of a building. This discussion includes importance due to the Architect, the Builder, a Local, Regional or National Historic event occurred here. A Person that was historically significant was associated with the property. Also any architectural feature or features considered to be extremely rare or of extremely high quality.

Historic Structures Report (H.S.R.):

A report that also includes a Historical section about a given property. This report is the prerequisite for funding of Preservation, Restoration or construction needed to preserve and restore a building all ready on a National/State Register.

Transcriptions:

Transcriptions of legal documents related to real or personal property, letters, diaries, journals or day books.

Interpretive research:

For organizations, i.e.; Museums or Societies looking to enhance the interpretive experience for visitors about a given property or collection of restored and functioning buildings. Tells the history of a building and the individuals related to it.

House History research:

Usually geared to the private owner of a residence who needs or would like to know more about a building sometimes before privately funded work is undertaken.

Speaking engagements, drawings and photographs:

An overhead program with a few hands-on exhibits can be presented for groups involved in the conversation or maintenance of a unique heritage home. It can be tailored to your group's needs and will usually last about an one and one-half hours. Video taping of the talk can be arranged with advance notice. Advance material can be provided with the group requesting the talk, responsible for the final copies. Lecturer's fee is $200.00 in addition to the cost of the history research package selected from the options, below. Cost of video-taping is also in addition to cost of the historical research package and lecturer's fee. Please Contact Us directly if you wish to avail your corporate group or business of this specialized service.


Packages

At A Glance

Suitable for framing
Includes, in chart form: Plan and lot number - Year of Construction - Original value of land and house/business - Current Value - Previous owners/occupants, their ages and their occupations - Year(s) of occupancy - Value of house/business and land over the years - Lot size - Number of residents - Photograph of property

At-a-Glance:

$299.00

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Bits and Bios

Discover the lives of the early occupants with whom you are sharing your property complete with genealogical and biographical records including, but not limited to: Genealogical (birth, marriage, immigration, death etc) - Historical - Military - Newspaper archives - Detailed internet search - Presented in a printed and bound hardcover book

Bits & Bios:

$475.00

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Open House

The perfect accompaniment to Realtor Open Houses. Present as a closing gift to the new owners.  Includes: At A Glance; Bits and Bios packages - Archival colour maps of house, street and neighbourhood - Original building permit (subject to availability) - Archival photographs of the street and neighbourhood - Neighbourhood history - Presented in a printed and bound hardcover book.

Open House:

$599.00

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All-in-One

The best value for your money. Includes: At A Glance; Bits and Bios; Open House packages - Archival colour maps of house, street and neighbourhood - Original building permit (subject to availability) - Archival photographs - Neighbourhood history - Detailed biographies of previous owners/occupants - Archival newspaper search - A comprehensive written report that ties together all of the information to form a fascinating and unique portrait of the history of your home - Presented in a printed and bound hardcover book

All-in-One:

$1,249.00

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