Friday, November 25, 2011

Lunchtime wanderings

I love working alone in a big old stone building all day. But do I start to talk to myself, and ask myself questions (out loud) and so I try to get out for a walk at lunch everyday! I'm working on the "north side" of town, but live on the "south" side of town, so I'm discovering new things...

A renovation that shows a bit of the building's history...

A beautiful, unique home having it's crazy roof held in place while the porch is rebuilt..

A neat old fence post finishing off a wall of stone...

A great old two story back porch...

...and this interesting row of bricks, set on an angle, where the wall meets the foundation. I like it!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Franktown Road

The big old red brick home up on a hill always caught my eye as I drove along Franktown Road. I don't know it's history - it's been a rental for many years. Last month this big sign was installed in the front yard: MOVE IT! SALVAGE IT! DEMOLISH IT! if they are all exciting options.

I know who owns the house. I know the plan - a huge number of townhouses squashed onto the lot - I know I can't move it or salvage it and I know I don't want it demolished.
It looks very solid. Has two staircases. Original trim, including a gorgeous newel post and a fancy spandrel in the parlour...

It has the curved window tops and the carved limestone lintels that Carleton Place is famous for.

The brickwork seems in good shape, and it has it's old hand pump in the backyard.

Who's going to save it?