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Built in 1928, this large 2.5 storey house had a lovely character and I wanted to find out if the house had any sort of history on record. I went to the library archives as well as to city hall to see if I could find some information as there was none with the house. While the house is on the heritage list it is not designated, due to low scores on the heritage property evaluation system, mainly due to the fact that no one prominent or famous had lived here. The builder and the architect remain unknown. What I do know for fact is that it is a very good quality home built in July 1928 prior to the Wall Street crash so money was in abundance and is a good example of the better residential architecture of the period. Interestingly the house has been renumbered from the original. The style is Tudor revival with craftsman details, the bottom half is brick including clinker brick which is ornamental. There is a variety of building materials including limestone, stucco and wood and (now removed) cedar shingles around the dormers. The original roof was cedar shingles with ornate verge board commonly known as fascia. The interior has red oak hardwood floors and sweet gum tree trimming. There is a wonderful fireplace in the sitting room with a green marble hearth known as French marble due to the green colour, even though it does not come from France. All the rooms are large. The sitting room, dining room, and the hallway have decorative ceilings coved (rounded) to the walls. The value was $6175 for the house and $350 for the garage. I do not know if that was the paid price. The family sold it 16 years later in 1944 for $11.900. We are currently still renovating and restoring the house and we love both the street and the city.

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