"This is a 1 and a half storey residence prominently situated at the corner of Riverview Avenue in the east central part of the city. Built in 1916 for grocer William H. Ewing, the exterior is of Prairie-style stucco design with Tudor elements upstairs, and remains in original condition. The interior is also little changed with original and enhanced woodwork throughout.
This beautiful Prairie-style residence is one of only two in the city and was designed and built by the same builder as the home at 911 Wellington Street East previously designated in 2008. The unique stucco exterior finish over-all is in quite good condition but some areas below windows and along the upstairs’ balcony wall need repair and painting. There is some Tudor influence with false half boards under some upstairs windows. The home has a sandstone foundation with a single row of upturned brick above this on which the walls are situated. All windows are original wood with original storms in place throughout. There is a pair of upstairs dormer windows and a door and small balcony off another bedroom on that level. The roof overhangs this balcony with original wooden rafters exposed and supported. A set of five bay windows at the southeast corner is also overhung by an extended roof. Here the sandstone foundation extends upwards to the window sills. A large front porch with cement floor surrounded by the row of vertical bricks above the foundation is covered by a roof supported by six massive stuccoed pillars. While there is only a small window on this side, there is a unique set of French doors leading in from the porch. Above the porch roof are located four bay windows. On the west side is a lovely side entrance with original interior door and a boot room. The stone stairs does need some repair. Upstairs at the rear is what appears to be an add-on room to replace what may have originally have been a roof deck. It is constructed of painted clapboard and not of heritage value.
The main-floor interior of this home, except for the kitchen and bathroom is largely unchanged from its original construction-beautiful wood (mainly oak) throughout-floors, mouldings, windows, doors and roof beams. The latter have been added to some rooms but in a manner to make it difficult to distinguish from the originals. There are brick fireplaces in the living and sitting rooms. The boot room of the side entrance has original bevelled and stained glass in the windows. All rooms have original hot water radiators.
The second floor is original and perhaps one of a kind. The design of the ceiling of one bedroom is unique as it must accommodate a window and the door to the small balcony. And the ceiling design accommodating the windows in the other rooms is also unusually angular. The upstairs bathrooms have unique and very expensive wood panelling that is likely not replaceable.
The grounds are also unique with well-kept flower beds around the front and sides of the corner lot. A number of Italian marble statues grace the grounds as do two marble lions on either side of the side entrance. The property is generally in very good condition and needs only minor maintenance.
The key features that embody the heritage value of 1164 Queen Street East include:
– Constructed in 1916, this is one of only two Prairie-style homes in the city, designed and built by the same builder as 911 Wellington Street East;
– Original wood windows with storms throughout;
– Unique upstairs "widow’s walk" balcony off upstairs bedroom;
– Beautiful set of five bay windows grace the southeast corner with overhanging roof;
– A large front porch, bordered by a row of upturned bricks and with roof supported by six massive stuccoed pillars;
– There is a unique set of original wooden French doors leading into the living room from this porch;
– A lovely side entrance with original wooden interior door and boot room graces the west side;
– Beautiful bevelled and stained glass windows grace this boot room;
– Prominent east central location on busy Queen Street means property is well recognized throughout the community." – info from Heritage Trust application.
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