London Road West – 88

Parkview

By-law: (1983)-11359

Legal Description: Pt Lot 23, Plan 299, Pt 1 of 61R-1162

Designated Portions

The designation covers the total exterior (brick and sandstone masonry and detailing, wood detailing, window locations and types of windows and doors and the variety of slate roof forms which exist at the time of the passing of this by-law.

In the interior, the designation also covers:

  • Decorative plaster moldings.
  • Woodwork in the form of original door frames, paneling, wainscoting, baseboards, stairs and railings, original doors and brass door hardware.
  • Leaded windows.
  • The large open stair hall
  • Seven fireplaces with original tile and brass ornamentation.

Property History

This house was built in 1894-95 for C.B. Ryan, prosperous Wyndham Street clothing merchant. Designed in the Baronial phase of the Queen Anne Style, “Parkview” was constructed with skilled craftsmanship and ornate detailing. It is one of Guelph’s most palatial homes and is among the most outstanding examples of this late Victorian style in Ontario. Still structurally sound, it was built of pressed red brick on a red sandstone foundation with masonry details of sandstone and roof of grey slate. Exterior features include the circular three storey tower, with conical roof, and decorative gables and porches. The interior is still handsome with fine decorative plaster moldings, leaded windows and carefully-crafted oak woodwork. The stair hall, almost thirty feet high, remains an impressive feature, as well as seven fireplaces with original tile and brass ornamentation.

The designation covers the total exterior (masonry, woodwork, and slate roof) and the interior features outlined above.

Address:

88 London Rd W