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Old Town Architectural Feat in Niagara-on-the-Lake

September 25, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY HORKOFF

A new home with old soul fits into the neighbourhood in Old Town.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of OUR HOMES The Niagara Region, p.28. Find local businesses in our Niagara directory. 

The house may be new with clean, modern lines and contrasting colours, but situated next to its hundred-year-old neighbouring properties, it fits.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake homeowners didn’t jump into their build. They bought the property in 2007, when it still held an 80-year-old farmhouse, and they rented it out for about a year before reaching out to Wayne Murray of Chapman Murray Associates ArchitectsThey wanted a home that would contribute to the feel of their old neighbourhood while still offering the conveniences of a modern residence.
 
“The owners didn’t want a typical colonial house but wanted one that suggested a classical, yet timeless, style,” Wayne says. The owners are world travellers and have drawn a great deal of inspiration from their favourite hotels. By the fall of 2009, the ball was rolling on the build.

The interior of the house is finished entirely in a Benjamin Moore creamy white. The heart of this 3,800 sq. ft. beauty is the living room. With 15-foot, coffered ceilings, a central fireplace and gleaming birch hardwood floors, the room is a nod to The Plaza Hotel in New York City. It holds a plush green-and-blue armchair and ottoman set from Lincoln Interiors

Off the front hall – with marble floors by Aristocrat Floors of the World – is a chef’s dream kitche designed for serious foodies, but with a style reminiscent of an old farmhouse, with custom cabinetry and shelving by Millbrook Cabinetry Inc., some in white and some in contrasting dark wood. A stunning piece of honed Calacatta marble completes a central island. The dining room off the kitchen features custom wine cabinets to store the family’s collection, including a large variety of vintages from the Andrew Peller family of wineries available at The Wine Shop.

The exterior of the house is done in limestone brick. Wrought-iron Juliet balconies surround the windows. In the back, An ancient, gnarled white mulberry tree, which the owners loved at first sight, hangs over an outdoor dining set.

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