98 and 100 Ontario Street

– 2½ storey, red-brick house with buff-brick trim with projecting, gabled bay and two-storey, facetted, corner turret, and with later, recessed wing at RH side (c. 1870/1900).


Description – House is built off local-stone foundation. Full-height masonry bay at LH side projects in two stages from house behind, each projection framed by raised, buff-brick quoins. Ground-floor windows are within broad elliptical-arch, comprising large, single-pane, lower sash with leaded-light transom window (behind three-pane storm). At second floor, large, segmental-arch aperture contains three, 1/1 replacement windows separated by broad, aluminum-clad mullions, and with decorated wooden spandrel above. Gable has projecting lower fascia corresponding to masonry below, central pair of 1/1, round-headed windows, and wall finished in textured render within narrow, wooden boards. Sills are aluminum-clad throughout. Central area of house has pair of eight-pane, panelled doors with segmental-headed, decorated transom window above. Second-floor has recent, inaccessible balcony sheltering entry below, above which are two 1/1 windows in round arches, with dichromatic central pier and alternating bands of buff- and red-brick voussoirs. Two-storey turret at RH side has replacement 1/1 windows set into original frames (with aluminum-clad sills), within unusual flat-arches with rounded corners, and with dichromatic voussoirs. Soffits and fascias are aluminum-clad throughout, and roofs have rustic, grey asphalt shingles. House at no. 100 seems to end with buff-brick quoins at LH side, with extension to west for entry to no. 98. This area of building is executed in similar style, but with flat-arch lintels and modern windows. Porch roof at no. 98 has simple post, and modern newels and pickets, as at no. 100.


Comments – Imposing house is in good condition and retains some original features. Central and side porch roofs and balconies are unconvincing and might be altered to reflect originals, where applicable. Extensive concrete landings below are also not appropriate. Lean-to addition to east is not original, nor of inherent value. Required repairs are to repoint crack over elliptical arch, and repair dropping voussoirs at ground-floor, central window of bay.


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