The history of the Little Station is uncertain, and there are several theories that have developed over the years. Historians have suggested that the building is a whistle stop station constructed in the mid 1850’s for the Port Hope, Lindsay and Beaverton Railway which was opened from Port Hope to Lindsay in 1857 and extended during the following twenty one years.
Historic Port Hope Hospital 1
The property includes both historic Port Hope Hospitals, these are unique buildings in Port Hope as subsequent to the construction of the new Northumberland Hospital in Cobourg, no hospital has continued in Port Hope. These buildings therefore are all that remains of our significant Hospital legacy.
Historic Port Hope Hospital 2
As a work of architecture the 1916 classical revival building and its supporting service pavilion are good examples of the style. They are well built simple structures with notable classical revival features. Although some elements of the design are deteriorated, such as the wood cornice, they are repairable. The bulk of the building with excellent brick exterior is complete and unaltered.
Located over the former Royal Bank branch in Port Hope, Ontario, the building containing the Opera House and former bank branch is in the center of the old downtown core. The entire downtown Port Hope area is a Designated Heritage Conservation District under Part V of the Heritage Act and is so designated because it is one of the finest intact 19th century downtowns in the Province of Ontario.