Ancestral Roofs

"In Praise of Older Buildings"

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Oriel window shopping

I have loved this house since I first laid eyes on it, wandering the streets of the Old East Hill. Tonight as I was having a last cast into the stream of bumpf streaming down from Facebook, I found this real estate listing. Words fail. Where did I put that 800K I was saving up!!

It's the Bell-Riggs house, dated 1855! Picturesque, you might say. I have wondered for years what's behind that wee oriel window (a wide and inviting window seat) and behind the tall round-headed window in the Tuscan tower. Find out for yourself.
Five-bay Georgian form if you look at it from this angle

Delightful setting - single family home still!

That link above, which you likely eschewed, is safe. It is a treat. It is an invitation behind these doors. 

I've always wondered if the Georgian wing to the left was earlier


  1. Such a beautifully odd building. Have admired it many times while walking east-end Belleville. Hope the new owners will have enough love and money to do it justice.

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  3. Hi Karen, yes it's for sale. That's what prompted the post. And the link to the real estate listing is in the first paragraph. That's how I know what's behind the oriel window.

  4. Sorry, I deleted my comment, I was wanting to say is it *STILL* for sale. I'm a little slow on the uptake in the mornings, LOL