Sunday, June 24, 2012

A walk around our town

There are some wonderful historical houses in the downtown district of our town, many of them are like pictures framed by the intricate fretwork trim. I noticed a painter last week paying particular attention to the trim on a house and I decided it was time to take a walk around town with my camera.



According to the historical society the house has two names. The Robert Farley house or the Charles Lusk house {circa 1858}. The house changed hands three times before Robert Farley bought it in 1857 for 50 pounds. Records show that  'the house was sold again in 1864 for 300 pounds as an investment, but the owner George Rutherford of Hamilton, took a bath and sold it in 1867 for 125 pounds'.
It seems the real estate oddities regarding pricing in Oakville began way back then.

And Doctor Charles Lusk? He purchased the house next and was instrumental in building St. John's United Church in town.

image : Historical Walk of Trafalgar Road


It is a combination of the detailed fretwork and immaculate condition of the house that catches my eye every time I pass by.









Right next door is another historical house that is known as the Moses McCraney House {circa 1850}. This house has seen some recent transformations, not an easy task when dealing with the Historical Society and the town. We have all watched as an addition was put on the house to compliment the style of the house.

This is the original house with an addition on the front from many years ago. The front porch was restored in approximately 2006 and the main entrance to the house was put back to it's original place.

image : Historical Walk of Trafalgar Road

This is the house today. The current home owners should be applauded. It is difficult to maintain a historical home, but to restore it and add on to the building within the stringent guidelines it is a painful process.




Trim work on the porch has been repeated on the new addition {below}.



Notice the trim from the porch, to the back entry, over the side windows. And the incredible second story window.


The new additions to the house {2011} include the garage and second story, and the portico entrance. And ........ what cannot be seen from the front scape of the house.  

You can almost picture the McCraney's back in the late 1800's living in the house, walking up the front porch and helping to develop Oakville.
Moses McCraney was the eldest of ten children born to William Payne McCraney and Rebecca Teeter. Moses inherited the family farm in 1853 and provided farms for his brothers and mother. Rebecca's farm is now a part of Appleby College {another stunning historical property in Oakville}. 
In addition to the farm, Moses owned a general store and made buying trips into the U.S. with Timothy Eaton. Corsets were the fashion rage and Moses bought three of them giving one to his wife Sarah, who had a 21 inch waist {assuming he sold the other two in his general store}.
 

The south side of the house with a portico entrance.


The fretwork details are outstanding.


The details are carried throughout the house consistently - in the brickwork, the trim, the plantings, the lighting. That is what makes an addition, especially to a historical home, a seamless transformation.
There was a {tasteful} sign on the front lawn acknowledging the contractor who produced the addition. I didn't get the information before it was removed, but if anyone does know, please email me and I will gladly add the contact information.
As I watched the progress of the home addition from the street, I was impressed by the process and results.




Two beautiful houses that literally make me smile when I walk past them.



7 comments:

  1. nice place, cute blog
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  2. Wow, nothing trumps fabulous architecture. Thanks for the peek into your beautiful town!

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  3. Oh you live in a most charming place and you've captured it beautifully my dear.!
    V

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  4. These two homes are so lovely. I would love to live in either one of them, but I think the first home is so striking. I adore the fretwork and it has been maintained beautifully.
    I love it when you take a trip around town and then share dear friend.
    hugs from here...

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  5. Gorgeous neighborhood! Beautiful architecture! Have a fabulous day, Kellie xx

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  6. There are so many artistic details in architecture that people seem to miss, but you've captured some nice pics!
    xo
    Sharon

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  7. Dear Katharine, it was so wonderful to hear from you, it has been too long an absence from my blogging friends and the reconnection this morning from you gave me that little impetus I needed after such a stressful month. This post could not come at a better time for me. Our home which is undergoing renovation is a Georgian federal, bi level or raised ranch, an aberration of the 70's.....so difficult to transform. I love the red brick and shutters, white trim and porch posts, but changing the windows has brought me to my knees! So these photos are offering so much inspiration for me! I think I will take some time and drive through the area you have posted...I lived on Trafalgar when I worked at the hospital there before I was married, and gain some perspective to help me in decision making. Thank you for sharing your beautiful neighbour hood! N.xoxo

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