31 Simcoe Street

Two-storey, three-bay, (sandblasted) red-brick building with re-faced, neo-Georgian ground-floor, round-arch upper window apertures and typical machicolated parapet (c. 1900).

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Ground Floor – Original shop-front frieze and cornice remain, while area below is bricked-up with old brick, forming symmetrical, residential-type façade with 1/1, shuttered windows (with metal storms) flanking narrow, six-panel door with fluted half-columns either side and dentilled, broken-pediment with central acorn (or boiled egg and egg-cup?) above.

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Second Floor – 1/1 round-headed windows (replacing the 2/2 shown in Stokes Report) are hidden behind metal storms with wooden panels above. Original wooden sills remain, as perhaps do cases. Exotic iron balconies (not shown by Stokes) seem to lack lower decks. At windows, soldier voussoirs are without hood-mouldings. Widely spaced stringcourses above span between plain pilasters, central two apparently being built off shop-front cornice below.

Parapet – Parapet has typical machicolees within three bays, with double, dog-toothed course above extending to corbelled pilaster-heads at adjacent buildings. RH pier retains ball-type, cast-stone finial, while parapet between piers is unflashed.

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