Making this story even more impressive - Jane Birch's place, the home where she opened the store in 1873 still exists today. It's a nondescript little house you likely have walked by or driven by a hundred times or more, and have likely never noticed. This article will now give you a reason to really stop and think - about what has happened to its surroundings over the last 144 years.
I hope this article also gives some consideration to heritage protection. The house hits on all the points of a checklist - first retail store, the early settler Birch family, 144 years of age, tied to Westboro's first era, unique architectural highlights... and on.
Read all about 379 Churchill Avenue at: https://kitchissippi.com/2017/05/11/the-unknown-story-of-westboros-earliest-retail-presence/
|379 Churchill in 1952|
(Source: City of Ottawa Archives, CA-25505)
|379 Churchill in 2016|
(Source: Google Streetview)