City of Markham    
Markham Register of Property of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest
Address: 162 MAIN ST N
Original Address:
Property Legal Description: PLAN 18 LOT 4 PT BLK M
Historical Name: Corson-Mingay House
Heritage Conservation District: Markham Village
Ward: 4
Year Built: 1887
Architect Style: Queen Anne Revival
Heritage Status of Property: Part V (Heritage)
Designation Bylaw:
Heritage Easement Agreement: No
History Description
This buff brick house in the Queen Anne Revival style was constructed for Henry R. Corson, editor of the Markham Economist newspaper. Corson became the editor of the Markham Economist in 1867, taking over from his brother-in-law, Senator David Reesor. Reesor had founded the liberal-leaning newspaper in 1856. In 1874, Henry and Nancy Corson purchased Lot 4, Block M, Plan 18 from Peter Reesor. In 1887, the Corson family either replaced or added to and remodeled an existing house on the property. Local historical accounts attribute this residence to Robert J. Corson, Henry and Nancy (Reesor) Corson’s son, but census records show that this was the home of Henry Corson into the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 1891 census, Robert J. Corson and his wife, Mary also lived here. After the death of Henry Corson in 1909, Robert J. Corson took over as editor and publisher. In 1915, with the purchase of the rival conservative newspaper, The Markham Sun, the name was changed to the Economist and Sun, and so it remains today. Robert J. Corson continued as editor and publisher until his death in 1930. Mary Corson’s executors sold the property in 1942. In 1964, Paul W. Mingay, a well-known lawyer in Markham Village, purchased the property. The Mingay family continued as owners until the 2010s.
Contemporary Photograph Heritage Photograph
Key Map
Please note that the yellow polygon symbol is not indicative of the actual heritage area and is only meant to highlight the property the heritage building(s) is located at. For a complete description of the actual heritage property please refer to the Designation Bylaw found above.

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