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Sunday, June 22, 2014

THE MOTHER OF ALL BRICKS

295 BROCK RD, GREENSVILLE, ON c. 1830s

This side hall manor house built in 1830 by Scottish Stone Masons has survived virtually unchanged inside and out for almost two hundred years!



FRESH FACT: Known as Kirby house, built by Andrew Todd KIRBY.


I actually viewed this house a few years ago at an open house (a very busy one) and without hesitation this is the most hauntingly beautiful home I have seen. The ceilings soar, the rooms dwarf and the character seduces. Truly a time capsule property. Some vision required but a worthy trade-off considering everything is historically intact.



FRESH FEATURES

Large (.97 Acre) lot


12-16 ft ceilings



Floor to ceiling window bays with paneled shutters


Two and a half foot thick stone walls


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Black walnut staircase




Giant fanlight arch


Eleven foot pre-confederation window








Sixteen foot first floor landing
Two large matching Count Rumford fireplaces

Oversize cross and bible* solid black walnut doors



* FRESH FACT:
6 panel door common in the years preceding 1850 and seen again in the
1920s during the colonial revival period. The stiles and rails of the door form a pattern suggestive of a cross, the two lower stiles and rails form a pattern vaguely suggestive of an open book, representing the bible.


Offered at $799,000

UPDATE (March 2015): Now offered at $724,900 on Comfree VIEW LISTING HERE













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5 comments:

  1. The pure age of this house is something to admire.
    The original home (which is now only the kitchen and scullery) was constructed in 1794. The remaining parts of the current dwelling were built after a fire.

    To be in a home of this vintage is extraordinarily rare.

    While it exudes character, sadly, I think it will take someone very dedicated to restore it, knowing they will spend far above its value.

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    1. Fascinating....and agree it needs to be a passion project...not a money maker.

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  2. Very Cool. Found this house while researching my Great Great Grandfather, Andrew Todd Kerby. He lost his fortune at some point, something to do with railroads replacing canals, and traveled to Australia (1850s) to invest but returned to Ontario around 1860 and passed away in 1865 in Goderich. If anyone has more information about him or his family I would love to know more.

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  3. This house was featured in the Sept 2017 Chatelaine issue featuring a 200 year old stone house. A couple recently purchased it in 2015. Absolutely gorgeous. Just love the windows and wood details. Very charming

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