259 Ste. Marie Street

Two-storey, pitch-roofed, red-brick house with buff-brick trim and hip-roofed, front-and-side verandah with exotic trim, and with gabled south wing and south bay window (1885).

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Description – Verandah extends full width of front, returning to projecting wing at south side. Hipped roof is supported by bevelled-edge posts built off low, panelled wooden piers. Upper posts have multiple mouldings, wide, cushion-type capitals and planted ornament at faces. Beams have short, pendant finials at either side of posts, and mannerist brackets are clustered at soffits above, which are otherwise plain. Overall effect of assembly is Moorish. Profiled handrail, with narrow pickets below, spans between posts and (more recent) decorated newels. Masonry comprises buff-brick plinth, red-brick walls and buff-brick quoins with course of red brick between. Windows and doors are vinyl replacements, except where noted otherwise. Ground-floor, front window is segmental-headed, 2/2 over wooden sill. Projecting, buff-brick voussoirs are separated by red-bricks as at quoins. Band of buff brick drops at upper jambs to brick impost, with pointed, buff brick below. Replacement, four-panel, front door has round-headed, upper lights and fixed, single panel and pane at side. Three-pane transom window retains original glazing (behind three-pane wooden storm). Similar, four-panel, part-glazed door is located at east end of side verandah. South bay window has 1/1, side windows, 2/2 central window and paired, scrolled brackets at eaves. Second-floor windows are two, segmental-headed, 2/2 units with sills, jambs and voussoirs as described. At gable, modest, ogee moulding abuts beaded soffit boards, and narrow fascia has small shingle-moulding. Roof is clad in dark-green asphalt shingles, and there are no chimneys.

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