240 to 242 Ste. Marie Street

Two-storey, hip-roofed, symmetrical, Italianate, red-brick house with buff-brick trim, ornate front porch and attic gable with oculus set into unusual wooden pedestal (c. 1880, and 1910).

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Description – House has central projecting bay rising full to raised brick gable at attic. Ground floor, central bay has elegant, two-bay wooden porch, missing original balustrade but with later, period handrail, bottom-rail and small, square-section pickets remaining at no. 240. Access is via cast-in-situ, concrete steps, leading to tongue-and-groove deck. (Replacement) corner posts are square, rising to small, capital mouldings under elongated, punctured brackets at soffits. Cornice has horizontal moulding between brackets, with ogee-type modillions above and segmental-arch panels below. Galvanized ogee gutter at fascia is below (rusting) canted, metal-clad periphery of flat roof. At no. 242, simple lean-to verandah with solid railing is old, but unsuitable, alteration. Slab-type front doors have varied, upper windows (behind metal storms). Transom window remains at no. 242, and is possibly hidden at no. 240. At no. 240, one-storey, bay window has stone foundation with bevelled brick plinth above. Narrow 1/1 windows (behind metal storms) have (painted) ashlar sills and buff-brick flat-arches. Hood-mouldings drop at jambs to double, buff-brick stringcourse. At no. 242, bay window is long gone (c. 1910), replaced by square lower sash, dentilled transom and elliptical, bevelled-glass, transom window with buff-brick voussoirs and hood-moulding. Metal-clad roof is as at porch, but with moulding at upper fascia. Second floor – Upper level has paired, 1/1 windows at either side and two wider, 1/1 windows in central block, all with ashlar sills, flat arches, hood-mouldings and double string-course as at ground floor. Beaded-board soffits have punctured, incised brackets adjacent central bay, at outer corners and at sides. Gable – Brick gable contains large oculus set in mantle-clock-type wooden pedestal with concave inner and outer sides. Round-headed arch and hood moulding are buff-brick, with eared extensions at sides. Gable eaves have brackets as described and fascias are plain. Roof has dark-grey asphalt shingles , chimneys are missing at north and south sides.

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