|Homes on Ravenscliffe Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario|
The original features remain - the mahogany trim, the oak doors, the marble fireplaces, the white tile in the bathroom. And the basement vault that is now a wine cellar, complete with some stock from Phin’s day - even an ancient Guinness.
Three-car garages are rare even today, but W.E. Phin had one a hundred years ago, complete with basement, mechanic’s pit and hand-cranked gasoline pump. It’s still there.
This eight-bedroom house was built in 1908 for one W.E. Phin, whose activities included dredging the Welland Canal. He lived in the Hamilton mansion until his dying days. The current owner bought the home from spinster descendant Skye Phin in 1981 for $250,000.
|Postcard from 1922 with 12 Ravenscliffe featured in the background|