|picturesque asymmetrical facade of Seymour House|
But yesterday on a quest to follow the Old Hastings Road, I stopped for tea in this town that was once the southern terminus for 'free grant' immigrants heading north along the road to their future. More on that later, but for now, this.
I spent a bit of time admiring Seymour House. This outstanding house features in just about every Ontario old house book. She's the cover girl for Cruickshank and deVisser's Old Ontario Houses. Shannon Kyles provides a great description of this Gothic Revival beauty on her ontario architecture website.
|fish scale slate roof|
|a lance arched screen door|
And then there are the grounds. The house is set on a hill, a driveway curving up to it among mature trees. Gateposts topped with darker limestone matching the bandcourse on the house admit only the best people.
|splendid isolation behind its stone wall|
Another stately home across the street chose the formal symmetrical Italianate, a plan published in Canada Farmer in 1865 (more here, thanks Shannon.) Red brick, white brick quoins, paired round-headed windows, matching bays, large chimneys, projecting frontispiece with a cresting trimmed doorway above that impressive entrance. Did I mention the belvedere? This place can be experienced personally; a sign introducing Motley Manor on Lilac Grove Hill is fading artistically among, well, the lilacs.
Next door, only its finial peeking up from among the trees that screen it, sits another fine red brick
house, set off by a stone wall, and a bit down on its luck, I would guess.
These homes and the Second Empire Dale House attest to a wealthy business class in the late c19. Several articles I've read mention fires in 1873 and 1890 which destroyed many fine commercial structures, much of Madoc's past glory.