Walkerville Land & Building Co. commissioned the Mason & Rice firm
to design these massive semi-detached houses - the first management-rank
buildings in Walkerville, pre-dating the later residential development
to the south.
occupy the entire block between Brant and Wyandotte Streets, and
each is distinct from the other. Originally, all had wooden shingled
roofs and gables and were constructed of dark, double wythe brick,
but here the similarity ends. Two have round-headed (Romanesque)
arched entrances with ornamental trim and brick voussoirs moulded
to fit the curve. Both have bell-cast roofs and gabled dormers.
paired house in the middle has a shared balconette connecting the
projecting bays to reinforce its symmetry. The most southerly building
is markedly different, although gross alterations in the addition
of bay-like windows have obliterated the elegant Queen Anne Revival
windows at the second and third storeys.
gabled porch detail can be found in other Mason & Rice houses on
Kildare and Windermere Roads. The quality of these early residences
set the tone for later managerial housing development in Walkerville.