But these two houses got my attention - for they are clad in flush-board - wood siding applied flat, without any overlap. In some high-style buildings like Barnum House, flush-board attempts to simulate the smooth whiteness of marble. 506 and 306 Elgin Street were built by Samulel Langford, a gifted English mason identified with some of the town's finest stone houses. Turns out he was a dab hand at frame building as well.
This beautiful frame, with its lovely Gothic inspired barge-board and trims is gradually being restored. Patience my friends, you are doing important things here.
The flush-board cladding of this second house, a block away, appears to be disappearing under vinyl siding? Now I'm not being judgemental - we too have stared into the eyes of the financial demands of an old house, and blinked - I just hate to see house history lost forever.
February 2015 update
Please read the comment just posted below. Not only have I been outed for my lack of research on this house which, in my defence, I wandered by on a day trip to Merrickville, but more importantly, the response contains a detailed description of the great pains being taken by conscientious owners to restore a worthy house. My apologies dear readers, and my congratulations. Perhaps next visit, I will knock on your door.