124 Ontario Street

Three-storey, eclectic, red-brick, corner house with inserted, two-storey, panelled, front window adjacent recessed masonry porch, and with large front and east-side gables (c. 1900).

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Front Elevation – An unusual and imposing house built off tall local-stone foundation, and having diverse decorative elements. A period iron fence, with cast-iron finials and attractive front gate, is the last of a diverse series of such fences along this stretch of Ontario Street. Front entry is deeply recessed at RH side, set in porch built under second floor, and having brick corner pier supporting front and side arches (with recent ramp added to side). Period, half-glazed, panelled, oak front door in under five-pane transom window. Window at second floor above is simple 1/1 replacement (with metal storm). LH side of façade has unusual two-storey, wooden window, with original wooden panels between, all inserted into tall, square-headed aperture under flat, bricked lintel. At ground floor, main fenestration comprises replacement bottom-sliders under large single pane, all over very large stone sill. (Sills elsewhere are of cast-stone.) Original, broad wooden mullions have been crudely chopped out below window-cornice level. Second floor retains mullions, with replacement, 1/1 windows between (behind metal storms). Tall gable, built above small peripheral fascia and dentilled cornice, spans full width of front, containing central 6/1 window within half-timbered gable. Small entablature above has dentilled cornice, with painted, scalloped shingles in apex above, while alternating large and small panels at gable fascia, with ogee shingle moulding above, seem curiously simple in comparison. An ogee-type shingle moulding exists throughout, and roof is clad in dark asphalt shingles.

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East Elevation – Projecting, gabled, two-storey, gabled brick bay at LH side, having rebuilt chimney rising above peak. A wood frame addition at the southeast corner was removed during the preparation of this inventory, and might be reinstated in a similar form if desired. Windows are pair of replacement bottom-sliders at ground floor, and pair of 1/1 windows above, all within segmental arches, and on either side of projecting brick chimney breast which tapers at each floor level. Gable contains alternating bands of decorative, painted shingles either side of chimney-breast, which is flanked by small quadrant windows having modern glazing. Dentilled wooden cornice caps masonry of chimney stack, above which decorative shingles continue. Gable fascias are again simply panelled, as at front elevation.

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