Ancestral Roofs

"In Praise of Older Buildings"

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tales of Huffman

super Victorian verandah...
 Today I heard from the delightful fellow I wrote about last June in the post Highway 33 Revisited.

And he has NEWS.

At the time of our meeting, Malcolm Smith was travelling regularly from Winnipeg to visit his ailing mother and maintain the family home - the incomparable Conrad Huffman home, built of brick fired on the farm, in about 1812.

...slightly obscuring  the elliptical fanlight...
...and distracting a touch from the Georgian character
Fast forward to 2015 - this rare 200 year old house is now coming onto the market. It needs an informed owner who will treasure its heritage and preserve its character.

The house and 41 acres of farmland sitting on Highway 33, across the road from Lake Ontario, on the way to Kingston from Adolphustown, will be listed with Gordon;s Estate Services ( I don't see the listing there yet, but will come back and add it when I do.)
the door alone, worth the price of admission

In the interim, here's something important to know. Gordon's has also been entrusted with the task of preparing an auction of effects from the home. The auction will go live this Thursday April 16 at 5 PM and will close Thursday April 23 at 12:30 PM.

Here are a few shots I took of the interior, so you may get a sense of the exquisiteness of the joinery, the taste of the owners and the wisdom of viewing both contents and home.


  1. Beautiful house. I love that last picture, the one of the door. I'm always amazed when I see buildings in eastern Canada that were built in times of war. I wonder what was going through the owner's mind when it was being constructed ?? They must have thought twice about proceeding given all the uncertainty and chaos.

  2. Oh, IF ONLY I could have it!! I just discovered maxsold recently and find it dangerous enough without the added temptation of having something from the contents of this beauty. On the other hand, I AM in regular contact with the originator of that phrase, so maybe I'll take courage when the bidding opens...

  3. I'm pretty sure this is my great great great grandfathers house. The date, name, and location all match.If anyone has more info reply to