|building scars - outline of summer kitchen visible|
At the time, it was listed for sale. The virtual tour, oddly. is still online as I post this. I say oddly, as within the last few weeks, this c1835/1860 limestone farmhouse has been sold.
This upright symmetrical hip-roofed structure started out as one and a half storey, and was expanded to its full two-storey height in the 1860's.
|top storey out of line with slightly wonk main floor|
signs of an addition to the early house?
The Settler's Dream shows a c.1875 photo of David Gibson's house, with a generous clapboard kitchen-woodshed tail on a tall limestone foundation extending to the east and a trellis verandah running across the front and east side to join with the frame summer kitchen. A fence of palings is rooted in rocks, with which the site is richly endowed. And there is are twin flued chimneys standing tall at each end wall.
The original trellis verandah with its awning shaped roof was removed in the 1950's, and one now stands on a crumbling cement deck to survey the fields below.
|astonishingly the brackets persist, as do some 6x6 sash|
|the view from the porch - feel that breeze?|
|rubble at the base of the peculiar pink granite inlier|
right behind the house
|wild grape vines inhabit the portico|
|the old water pump, locust trees|
Breaking my 'shoot from the kerb' rule just this once (for I am but a well-wisher) I peered in through the only accessible window, and was rewarded with a glimpse of the formal parlour with its finely crafted fireplace mantel, panelled doors, chair rail and baseboards.
And water damage. Modern improvements -wallpapers, fake wood panelling. And lots and lots of work.
This house needs so much - a knowledgeable owner, a heritage architect and/or an informed and skilled restoration contractor, and a generous allowance. I wish all that, and more for it. I would love one day to meet the owner who has undertaken this project.
And when I do, I will ask why the portico bears the name Mountain Grove. There is no other reference to the property having that name. And there is a second Mountain Grove in PEC. And it has a restored portico roughly this shape. Could this be a hand-me-down?