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The Townsend Mansion


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Summary

This Georgian-revival structure built circa 1848 can be found in the small town of Mount Pleasant; it was constructed on lot 9 and part of lot 8. This property used to be 414 acres originally granted to William Sturgis. Eventually 100 acres was sold to Alvah Townsend, thus the creation of a lovely 2 storey home. It now stands restored on a 1 acre property. Throughout the years there have been many different owners and many upgrades.1


Timeline

1838 - Crown sold 414 acres to William Sturgis1

???? - William Sturgis sold 50 acres to Daniel McMullin1

1842 - Daniel McMullin sold 17 acres to Alvah Townsend1

1849 - Daniel McMullin sold 33 acres to Alvah Townsend1

1853 - William Stargees sold 50 acres to Alvah Townsend1

1881-1883 - Alvah Townsend sold 100 acres to Duncan Marquis for $10,000.00-$12,000.001

1898 - Duncan Marquis sold 100 acres to Walter Wood1

1906 - Walter Wood sold to Albert and Elizabeth Foster1

1909 - Foster Family sold to John Chambers Lundy1

1925 - Catherine Lundy purchased home1

1933 - Fred Lundy purchased home1

1935 - Clarence H. and Viola M. Kellam purchased home1

1947 - Gordon R. Kellam purchased home1

1964 - John R. and Laura J. McGaw purchased home1

1974 - Goetz family purchased home1

1979 - Pam Knowles purchased home1

1997 - Allan and Gwendolyn Soll purchased home1

2000 - Peter Aitken purchased home1

2015 - Joe Notarianni purchased home1

???? - Garage addition added1

???? - Kitchen door bricked up and turned into window1

???? - Window bricked up in kitchen1

???? - Sliding door added to kitchen area1

???? - Windows replaced on main floor1

???? - Kitchen renovated sometime in the 1970s1

???? - Storm covers added to the windows in late 1960s1

???? - Heating/cooling added to home1

???? - Eavestrough added1

???? - Knob and tube replaced. Hydro added.1

???? - Roofing redone1

???? - Porch added beside kitchen1

???? - Landscaping done post-20151

???? - Bay window added to kitchen1

???? - Porch redone and enclosure added1

???? - Ceilings lowered on main floor1

???? - Carpet added1

???? - Living room window bricked up and book shelve added into wall1

???? - Chimney added to dining room – not used anymore1

???? - Well added – landscaping done around it1


Summary of Inhabitants

Alvah Townsend

Alvah Townsend was a carriage maker and blacksmith Alvah Townsend. Townsend had come to Mount Pleasant from New York State with his wife, Sarah Jane Deviney who was originally from Ireland. A prominent businessman and active member of the local Methodist church, in 1848 Townsend commissioned the same Hamilton builders to construct an impressive Georgian mansion for his family in keeping with his social position. Alvah Townsend needed such a sizeable house to accommodate his growing family of eventually 8 children. In 1851, 46 year old Alvah and 40 year old Sarah had seven children ranging from 18 down to 2. By the time of the 1871 census Alvah and Sarah continued to live in the magnificent home, along with six of their grown children ranging from 17 to 33. Eventually he sold the home to Duncan Marquis for $10-12,000 in 1883. Alvah passed away in 1884.3

Duncan Marquis

Duncan Marquis was born in Argyleshire, Scotland on December 5, 1842. After graduating from Victoria Medical College in 1865, Dr. Marquis set up a practice in Mount Pleasant. On May 11, 1870, he married Elizabeth Bryce. Dr. Marquis had a flourishing practice, attracting patients from the city of Brantford and from the surrounding districts. In 1883, as a sign of the prosperity of his medical practice and his place in the community, Duncan purchased the mansion of Alvah Townsend to the north of the village for $12,000. In 1888 Dr. Duncan’s reputation earned him an appointment to serve at the Ontario School for the Blind in Brantford. However, illness precluded him from accepting the position but his son John who had followed in his father’s medical footsteps substituted for him. That same year Duncan and Elizabeth located to Brantford, leaving behind the Georgian mansion “Marquis Hall” that had been the scene of great family occasions, if only for a short time. They lived together until 1850, when his death severed their union. 2


Architectural Features

This house is a pristine, classic Georgian structure built in 1848. The windows are double hung six over six sash with soldier course brick work. There are 5 windows on the top floor and 4 on the bottom. All of them have white trim with black shutters. The shutters are original to the home. Above the door, it features a traditional grid transom. The material chosen for the Townsend home was red brick, laid in Flemish bond. The classically styled porch was supported by white columns; the porch is believed to have been added later. The frieze was decorated with dentils, as was the frieze under the eaves of the house. A sizable two-storey tail wing provided ample quarters for service areas and bedrooms for the family. The tail section was transformed into a kitchen-breakfast room with a gas fireplace. The sliding doors open to a shady terrace overlooking the beautiful landscaping. The Porch alongside provides a mudroom and rainy day area. . Bold white paint on the mantel and on the prominent eared window and door frames showcases the interior architecture of the main rooms in the house. Doric pilasters, and the classical entablature, architrave, frieze and cornice display the full treatment for interior mouldings. A garage addition was added – being careful to replicate the style of brick so that it matches the rest of the house. There is a chimney on either side of the house with original brick. The right side has a frieze decorated with dentils. It also has several windows. The top floor has 2 six over six double hung sash windows with black shutters as well as two simple one over one sash windows with black shutters. The bottom floor has two 2 six over six sash double hung windows right beside each other with black shutters and sills. The bottom also has a bricked up door/window with the old soldier course brick work still above where the door/window would have been; this is also made obvious with the mismatched brick in the area. All of the windows have soldier course brick work. The back right hand side has three six over six sash double hung windows on the top and 1 simple one over one sash window on the bottom with a sliding door. This area also has a bricked up (mismatched) area indicating that it used to have a window there. All of the windows in this area have soldier course brick work. This area does not have any dentil work on the frieze. The garage addition has two simple one over one sash double hung window with black shutters while the other two one over one sash double hung windows have no shutters. Most of the windows have soldier course brick work. There is also soldier course brick work above the garage doors. The enclosed porch area features many one over one single hung windows. The left hand side of the home features a decorated frieze with dentils and 4 six over six double hung windows with black shutters and soldier course brick work. As well as simple one over one sash windows in the attic with black shutters and soldier course brick work. Sitting on about one acre, this beautiful home is certainly one to see if you are in the area.

5

Notes

  1. Notarianni, Joe. Personal Interview. July 2017.
  • Jaeger, Sharon. (2004). "The Work of Our Hands" Mount Pleasant, Ontario, 1799~1899: A History. Paris, ON: Thompson.
  • Alvah H Townsend. (n.d.). Retrieved August 15, 2017, from http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/alvah-h-townsend_111351107?geo_a=r&geo_s=us&geo_t=us&geo_v=2.0.0&o_xid=62916&o_lid=62916&o_sch=Partners
  • M. (2017, January 16). Media. Retrieved August 15, 2017, from http://kevinhaight.ca/2017/01/16/selling-history/
  • Century Home: Canada's Magazine for today's traditional home.October 2000.

  • References

    • Notarianni, Joe. Personal Interview. July 2017.
    • Jaeger, Sharon. (2004). "The Work of Our Hands" Mount Pleasant, Ontario, 1799~1899: A History. Paris, ON: Thompson.
    • Alvah H Townsend. (n.d.). Retrieved August 15, 2017, from http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/alvah-h-townsend_111351107?geo_a=r&geo_s=us&geo_t=us&geo_v=2.0.0&o_xid=62916&o_lid=62916&o_sch=Partners
    • M. (2017, January 16). Media. Retrieved August 15, 2017, from http://kevinhaight.ca/2017/01/16/selling-history/
    • Century Home: Canada's Magazine for today's traditional home.October 2000.

    Date of Original:
    1848
    Subject(s):
    Personal Name(s):
    Townsend, Alvah ; Marquis, Duncan ; Sturgis, William ; McMullin, Daniel ; Wood, Walter
    Local identifier:
    2017CB008
    Collection:
    Historic Buildings of the County of Brant
    Language of Item:
    English
    Geographic Coverage:
    • Ontario, Canada
      fltLatitude: 43.0834
      Latitude: 43.0834 Longitude: -80.31637
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    Copyright Date:
    2017
    Copyright Holder:
    County of Brant Public Library
    Copyright Holder Contact Information:
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    The Townsend Mansion



    Summary

    This Georgian-revival structure built circa 1848 can be found in the small town of Mount Pleasant; it was constructed on lot 9 and part of lot 8. This property used to be 414 acres originally granted to William Sturgis. Eventually 100 acres was sold to Alvah Townsend, thus the creation of a lovely 2 storey home. It now stands restored on a 1 acre property. Throughout the years there have been many different owners and many upgrades.1


    Timeline

    1838 - Crown sold 414 acres to William Sturgis1

    ???? - William Sturgis sold 50 acres to Daniel McMullin1

    1842 - Daniel McMullin sold 17 acres to Alvah Townsend1

    1849 - Daniel McMullin sold 33 acres to Alvah Townsend1

    1853 - William Stargees sold 50 acres to Alvah Townsend1

    1881-1883 - Alvah Townsend sold 100 acres to Duncan Marquis for $10,000.00-$12,000.001

    1898 - Duncan Marquis sold 100 acres to Walter Wood1

    1906 - Walter Wood sold to Albert and Elizabeth Foster1

    1909 - Foster Family sold to John Chambers Lundy1

    1925 - Catherine Lundy purchased home1

    1933 - Fred Lundy purchased home1

    1935 - Clarence H. and Viola M. Kellam purchased home1

    1947 - Gordon R. Kellam purchased home1

    1964 - John R. and Laura J. McGaw purchased home1

    1974 - Goetz family purchased home1

    1979 - Pam Knowles purchased home1

    1997 - Allan and Gwendolyn Soll purchased home1

    2000 - Peter Aitken purchased home1

    2015 - Joe Notarianni purchased home1

    ???? - Garage addition added1

    ???? - Kitchen door bricked up and turned into window1

    ???? - Window bricked up in kitchen1

    ???? - Sliding door added to kitchen area1

    ???? - Windows replaced on main floor1

    ???? - Kitchen renovated sometime in the 1970s1

    ???? - Storm covers added to the windows in late 1960s1

    ???? - Heating/cooling added to home1

    ???? - Eavestrough added1

    ???? - Knob and tube replaced. Hydro added.1

    ???? - Roofing redone1

    ???? - Porch added beside kitchen1

    ???? - Landscaping done post-20151

    ???? - Bay window added to kitchen1

    ???? - Porch redone and enclosure added1

    ???? - Ceilings lowered on main floor1

    ???? - Carpet added1

    ???? - Living room window bricked up and book shelve added into wall1

    ???? - Chimney added to dining room – not used anymore1

    ???? - Well added – landscaping done around it1


    Summary of Inhabitants

    Alvah Townsend

    Alvah Townsend was a carriage maker and blacksmith Alvah Townsend. Townsend had come to Mount Pleasant from New York State with his wife, Sarah Jane Deviney who was originally from Ireland. A prominent businessman and active member of the local Methodist church, in 1848 Townsend commissioned the same Hamilton builders to construct an impressive Georgian mansion for his family in keeping with his social position. Alvah Townsend needed such a sizeable house to accommodate his growing family of eventually 8 children. In 1851, 46 year old Alvah and 40 year old Sarah had seven children ranging from 18 down to 2. By the time of the 1871 census Alvah and Sarah continued to live in the magnificent home, along with six of their grown children ranging from 17 to 33. Eventually he sold the home to Duncan Marquis for $10-12,000 in 1883. Alvah passed away in 1884.3

    Duncan Marquis

    Duncan Marquis was born in Argyleshire, Scotland on December 5, 1842. After graduating from Victoria Medical College in 1865, Dr. Marquis set up a practice in Mount Pleasant. On May 11, 1870, he married Elizabeth Bryce. Dr. Marquis had a flourishing practice, attracting patients from the city of Brantford and from the surrounding districts. In 1883, as a sign of the prosperity of his medical practice and his place in the community, Duncan purchased the mansion of Alvah Townsend to the north of the village for $12,000. In 1888 Dr. Duncan’s reputation earned him an appointment to serve at the Ontario School for the Blind in Brantford. However, illness precluded him from accepting the position but his son John who had followed in his father’s medical footsteps substituted for him. That same year Duncan and Elizabeth located to Brantford, leaving behind the Georgian mansion “Marquis Hall” that had been the scene of great family occasions, if only for a short time. They lived together until 1850, when his death severed their union. 2


    Architectural Features

    This house is a pristine, classic Georgian structure built in 1848. The windows are double hung six over six sash with soldier course brick work. There are 5 windows on the top floor and 4 on the bottom. All of them have white trim with black shutters. The shutters are original to the home. Above the door, it features a traditional grid transom. The material chosen for the Townsend home was red brick, laid in Flemish bond. The classically styled porch was supported by white columns; the porch is believed to have been added later. The frieze was decorated with dentils, as was the frieze under the eaves of the house. A sizable two-storey tail wing provided ample quarters for service areas and bedrooms for the family. The tail section was transformed into a kitchen-breakfast room with a gas fireplace. The sliding doors open to a shady terrace overlooking the beautiful landscaping. The Porch alongside provides a mudroom and rainy day area. . Bold white paint on the mantel and on the prominent eared window and door frames showcases the interior architecture of the main rooms in the house. Doric pilasters, and the classical entablature, architrave, frieze and cornice display the full treatment for interior mouldings. A garage addition was added – being careful to replicate the style of brick so that it matches the rest of the house. There is a chimney on either side of the house with original brick. The right side has a frieze decorated with dentils. It also has several windows. The top floor has 2 six over six double hung sash windows with black shutters as well as two simple one over one sash windows with black shutters. The bottom floor has two 2 six over six sash double hung windows right beside each other with black shutters and sills. The bottom also has a bricked up door/window with the old soldier course brick work still above where the door/window would have been; this is also made obvious with the mismatched brick in the area. All of the windows have soldier course brick work. The back right hand side has three six over six sash double hung windows on the top and 1 simple one over one sash window on the bottom with a sliding door. This area also has a bricked up (mismatched) area indicating that it used to have a window there. All of the windows in this area have soldier course brick work. This area does not have any dentil work on the frieze. The garage addition has two simple one over one sash double hung window with black shutters while the other two one over one sash double hung windows have no shutters. Most of the windows have soldier course brick work. There is also soldier course brick work above the garage doors. The enclosed porch area features many one over one single hung windows. The left hand side of the home features a decorated frieze with dentils and 4 six over six double hung windows with black shutters and soldier course brick work. As well as simple one over one sash windows in the attic with black shutters and soldier course brick work. Sitting on about one acre, this beautiful home is certainly one to see if you are in the area.

    5

    Notes

    1. Notarianni, Joe. Personal Interview. July 2017.
  • Jaeger, Sharon. (2004). "The Work of Our Hands" Mount Pleasant, Ontario, 1799~1899: A History. Paris, ON: Thompson.
  • Alvah H Townsend. (n.d.). Retrieved August 15, 2017, from http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/alvah-h-townsend_111351107?geo_a=r&geo_s=us&geo_t=us&geo_v=2.0.0&o_xid=62916&o_lid=62916&o_sch=Partners
  • M. (2017, January 16). Media. Retrieved August 15, 2017, from http://kevinhaight.ca/2017/01/16/selling-history/
  • Century Home: Canada's Magazine for today's traditional home.October 2000.

  • References

    • Notarianni, Joe. Personal Interview. July 2017.
    • Jaeger, Sharon. (2004). "The Work of Our Hands" Mount Pleasant, Ontario, 1799~1899: A History. Paris, ON: Thompson.
    • Alvah H Townsend. (n.d.). Retrieved August 15, 2017, from http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/alvah-h-townsend_111351107?geo_a=r&geo_s=us&geo_t=us&geo_v=2.0.0&o_xid=62916&o_lid=62916&o_sch=Partners
    • M. (2017, January 16). Media. Retrieved August 15, 2017, from http://kevinhaight.ca/2017/01/16/selling-history/
    • Century Home: Canada's Magazine for today's traditional home.October 2000.