restoration of the Bott house and its recent conversion to the law
offices of Donaldson, Donaldson, Greenaway, gave the building a
new lease on life in 1996. Its siting next to the Reid house reinforces
the early character of the streetscape.
Bott, who achieved a measure of fame for his prize-winning malt
at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, was manager of the Walkerville
Brewing Company. He was a member of the first town council with
his friend, Thomas Reid, and was elected mayor in 1896.
Walkerville Land & Building Co. contracted with McLean for the design
of the house for Mr. Bott. The architect was responsible for a number
of buildings in Windsor, few of which have survived. Of the losses,
the former Windsor (Patterson) Collegiate and Teachers Training
School on Mill Street are notable.
Queen Anne Revival style house for Robert Kerr (Kerr Engine Works)
can be seen at 427 Lincoln Road. Features of interest on the Bott
house include the turret-like dormers and the massive stair landing
window on the north facade. Tripartite gable windows and rondels
add to the architectural interest