Telling a Story. One Historic Property at a Time.
Walk around Saint Andrews, and you will often see both tourists and locals stopping and staring intensely at a heritage property. Likely, they are reading one of the many plaques located around town celebrating the significance of the many people and buildings in town. This program was initiated by the Civic Trust in the 1970’s and has been carried on at various times since then. The distinctive beige plaques are placed on historically significant homes and commercial buildings throughout the town. Each plaque contains a brief history of the building and often provides some colour around the original residents and their role in the town. The locations of the plaques also form the basis of the Civic Trust sponsored “Guide to Historic St. Andrews“ walking tour map, which tourists have been using to explore Saint Andrews for many years.
Heritage Plaque Criteria
In order to apply for a plaque, there is a set of criteria. Note that just because a home has been listed on this website does not mean it is a heritage designated building with a plaque. For a homeowner to receive designation, and a plaque from the Saint Andrews Civic Trust, the following criteria must be demonstrated as part of the application:
- The building must have been constructed before 1910.
- The building owner must complete the Historic Plaque Application Form and provide as much information concerning the building as possible. Such as - date of construction, type of construction, name of owners and builder, significant uses of the building (if commercial) etc.
- The Saint Andrews Civic Trust will, if possible, provide additional information that we might have access to.
- The Saint Andrews Civic Trust will develop wording to be placed on the plaque. The building owner may be give the opportunity to review this wording.
- The Saint Andrews Civic Trust will arrange for the construction of the plaque.
- The Saint Andrews Civic Trust may assist in the placement of the plaque on the building. Location of the plaque on the building to be agreed upon between Saint Andrews Civic Trust and the building owner.
- Maintenance of the plaque will be the responsibility of the building owner.
- The owner of the property is to agree that the plaque will remain on the building in the event the property is sold.
- The property owner is encouraged to pay for the cost of the plaque. Special application for assistance may be made to the Saint Andrews Civic Trust.
Current Listings of Heritage Plaques in Saint Andrews.
Interested in knowing where you can find a heritage plaque around town, feel free to download or peruse the comprehensive list below!
Apply for Your Heritage Plaque Today!
Ready to have a plaque added to your property? Whether a private residence, church, community landmark, or business...why not apply?