|sunny days return to One Walton|
|the arched front door exiting the Gothic portico|
If you live in Prince Edward County, or link via social media with one Alex Fida, you are getting regular updates on a bright new chapter in the life of the historic Downes house on Walton Street in Picton. I posted about the house recently, but was coy about the new owner's name for, after all, it was his news to share. And happy news it is too. Alex (like me) has loved the house since he was a child, and is excited to be saving it from what many worried might be oblivion, neglected as it was amidst encroaching commercial development. And he loves old houses, and will be faithful to the architectural legacy of this unique and beautiful place.
|the astonishingly wide doorcase in the wide welcoming hall|
|the west bay window|
|one of four fireplaces - two marble Victorians|
|dado panels below French windows|
|house only looks small from outside|
|one of the four principal rooms on main floor|
|not your everyday kitchen window view|
|the oriel window waiting for Johnny Lam|
to do it photographic justice
Looking out of the windows onto the snowy lawn, I was aware, not of the activity of the town, but of the calmness of the property, a feeling of refuge.
|stunning simplicity of landing, gable-hugging window|
There is lots to be done, but many gifted and sensitive craftsmen to assist, among them Kip Brisley of the well-known heritage preservation family.
|interior window looking out onto the former verandah|
|built in fireplace cupboard|
|Alex contemplating the window mouldings|
|luscious ceiling mouldings|
|no Home Depot light fixture needed for this plaster medallion|