Located on a sprawling property is this beautiful Abandoned Gothic Revival House! Zenning with Zay & I had stopped at a traffic light when I noticed the big house & wanted to go in for a closer look. Sure enough it was abandoned!!
This house is a prime example of the Gothic Revival movement which started showing up in Canada in the early 19th century. This architecture features some key elements such as steep pitched roofs, decorative bargeboard, front facing gables, pointed arched windows. well-preserved example of evolving vernacular architecture from the late 19th century.
The family which original built & owned the beautiful house first arrived in Canada in the early 1800's. They were a prominent family in the township & have ties to five other historical loctions in the area!
The first thing I noticed once we entered the house was the smell. It stunk of a kennel! Specifically the smell was that of where puppies were left with their mother & unattended for quite some time. I've been around kennels where pups were born & kept with their mother & they can be quite messy! It doesn't take long for the place to stink up! On top of that obvious mess, the doors on the main floor were all cut in half with the top portion missing. This seemed odd but coupled with the smell & mess it was pretty obvious that there were definitely a large number of dogs living in her. This led me to believe this was at one time a puppy mill whether legal or illegal. Either way, puppy mills are terrible.
Another thing I noticed in the Abandoned Gothic Revival House was the excessive use of wood panelling. I mean come on! Who the heck thought it was a good idea to use THAT MUCH! I get that it was in style at on point in time but sheesh! As I toured round the house it was also clear that there was multiple families living there. The top floor seemed to be a separate living space from the main floor. But that may not have been the case. With the evidence of large amounts of dogs living on the main floor, its quite possible the people lived upstairs since there was basically a full kitchen. Strange place for sure!
As always I like to save the best for last! More times than not its the staircase! This was a nice sweeping staircase that at must have looked amazing! Sadly the wood paneling took away from it. I did enjoy the foyer & original windows! It really must have been beautiful back in the day!