With its vibrantly painted walls, Guy house proudly over looks Oshawa’s Lakefront.
The exact date and builder of Guy House is uncertain. Either Malcom Wright built it after acquiring the lot in 1846 or Samuel Phillips built it after acquiring the lot in 1848. Mr. Phillips lived in the home until 1861, when it was sold to James Odgers Guy for 250 pounds. As harbourmaster, James would have benefitted from living within a stones’ throw of the harbour facilities. In addition to being harbour master James Guy had a long stint in local politics, serving as East Whitby’s reeve for nine years and even briefly occupying the post of Ontario County Warden. The Guy family would remain in the house until 1884 at which point the house would change hands four more times before coming to the possession of the Barnharts who would maintain the house until 1975, during which time they subdivided the house into apartments for rent.
Its exterior is a very well preserved example of the architecture typical to early agricultural settlements in Upper Canada/Canada West. As originally built it would have been made from materials that could be easily acquired from the local area. The extension on the back of the house was added in the 1870s.
The house was acquired by the Oshawa Museum in 1980. Today it serves as the Museum’s administrative centre, with its entire second floor dedicated to office space. To the left of the front entrance is the gift shop, which is where one can arrange a tour and buy a book, toy, or hot beverage if one is so inclined. To the right of the front entrance is the gallery/activity space, where there are some displays that can be viewed without going on a tour. The rear extension has been dedicated to the archives, while the basement serves as a storage area for items the Museum uses for special events.