285 Ste. Marie Street

Two-storey, eclectic (and somewhat altered), red-brick Victorian house with flat-arches, front verandah and gables and beautiful, pedimented-and-gabled, south bay (c.1890).

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Ground-Floor – Rebuilt verandah has rug-brick piers and parapet, built off concrete deck, now paved with interlocking brick. Concrete copings throughout support tapered, square-section, wooden posts. Eroding concrete stair is recently refaced. Front window has large, square sash under elegant, leaded-glass, transom window (replacing original pair of tall windows) with cast-stone sill, (two) flat-arches and flush, hood-mouldings which drop at upper jambs. Half-glazed, pressed-metal door is in reduced aperture, though thick, wooden roll-mouldings remain at jambs. Coffered transom panel hides, or replaces, former window. At north side of brick vestibule, similar mouldings remain at former doorway, which indicates verandah is not original. Aluminum-clad addition to south has 4/1 front window, metal shutters and metal periphery at flat roof. Fabulous, full-height, south, bay window has 1/1 windows over painted stone sills, and flat-arches. Metal-clad canopy is built off paired wooden brackets at corners.

Second Floor – Front of house is much altered by full-width, aluminum-clad, flat-roofed addition with two groups of shuttered windows, each with single-pane sashes either side of 1/1 window (with aluminum storms). Fenestration at south bay window is 1/1 throughout (also behind aluminum storms), and soffits are clad in beaded boards.

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Roof and Gables – RH side has lower gablet within roof pitch, containing small, lunette window with three, peripheral wooden disks, all on horizontal boards, and with shingle-moulding at fascia. Larger gable at peak has wooden, fan motif, again with three peripheral wooden disks, all on horizontal boards. At south bay, unusual roof comprises lower, corner hips flanking small central pediment. Gable above has central oculus in concave-sided base (like a mantle clock), with usual peripheral, wooden discs. There are no chimneys.

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