A DRIVE ALONG the old section of Kitchener’s Doon Village Road might leave the uninitiated wondering why it warrants a heritage designation. Of 74 properties included in the Upper Doon Heritage Conservation District, 18 are deemed to be historic. Others include 1960s bungalows and 1970s split-levels, some built close to the road, others set well back.
The heritage designation, approved in 1988, noted the homes “are not grandiose buildings.... Rather they are modest structures of simple pleasing presence ... building stock is of a quiet reserved character.”
As Robert Shipley, associate director of graduate studies and associate professor in the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning, explains, “charming and old” is not the point of a heritage designation.