|Central Park. Frederick Todd's 1903 design, completed 1912
|Spanish Colonial Revival designed by Noffke
Rambunctious university students (unless they were the sons and daughters of these well-kempt homes) wouldn't have had a look-in were it not for that most democratic of institutions, the park. Patterson Creek wanders westward from the Rideau Canal, itself bordered by parkland and 'the Driveway.'
Once a swamp, Patterson Creek was drained and landscaped in the 1890s; it's now a mature and beautiful meandering park with two ponds. The beauty is attributed to landscape architect Frederick Todd's 1903 design.
|architect Noffke's house at 20 Clemow Avenue
Overlooking the ponds are dozens of homes dating from the early years of the 20th century. Clemow Estate East is a Heritage Conservation District. Deservedly so.
The extension of the street car south on Bank Street (the main north-south corridor) enabled the growing middle class to move out of the city's core and into a suburban setting. This land was part of the estate of Senator Francis Clemow and his brother in law William Powell.
Their children Adelaide Clemow and William Powell formed Clemora Realty and developed the area. The plan for the neighbourhood and many of the homes are attributed to architect W.E. Noffke. The development features all of the styles prevalent in the era: Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival (including a rather startling little concrete block baronial castle,) Edwardian Classical and Arts and Crafts.
|Ghana High Commission
|Freen House at right, love this pairing