Amazing John W.H. Watts-Designed Home
This is a completely unique property with historical significance. Designed by John W.H. Watts and completed in 1908, this incredible property, has only been owned by two families and is coming to the market for the first time since the 1940s. Built with attention to detail and spectacular architectural elements throughout, this property could be used as a single-family dwelling or - as it is presently used - as an investment property with four separate apartments.
Situated on the corner of Laurier Avenue and Bronson Avenue, this property is truly one of a kind. From the moment you step through the solid wood front door into the richly panelled vestibule with original dental moulding, you’ll feel the history in this special property.
The main floor apartment occupies what would have originally been the main floor of the home. The foyer has 10’7” high ceilings and is surrounded by original oak panel mouldings that extend over halfway up the walls. Above the mouldings is original silk wallpaper and intricate cove ceilings punctuated with an original brass light fixture, designed by Watts himself. The main floor has tremendous space and light.
An impressive grand staircase, surrounded by intricate wood mouldings and a majestic wood bannister leads to the second floor. This is a staircase that leads to the second floor landing and the second floor suite beyond, though there is also a second staircase in the common areas of this home. Halfway up the main floor suite’s staircase is found a breathtaking stained glass window traditional arts-and-crafts design elements that echo those of the emblem on the dining room fireplace.
The second floor may easily be converted back into the second storey of a single-family dwelling. The second floor has a spacious master suite with ensuite bathroom and a gorgeous porch enclosed in windows that swing completely open in summer. It is a sunny and spacious apartment with high ceilings and beautiful architectural details, including the dining room’s original Birdseye maple fireplace surround, the large living room with a faux fireplace and the beautiful family room or second bedroom, with stained glass window elements that match those found on the main floor. Large windows offer expansive views of the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau as well as the Ottawa River and sunsets over the Gatineau Hills.
The third floor has spectacular views down the Ottawa River and across the Gatineau Hills. The lower level has huge windows overlooking the beautiful garden. Laundry for is found on the lower level. This extraordinary home will transport you to a bygone era. Having been spectacularly maintained and added to over the years through sympathetic upgrades and additions, this property is unparalleled.