20 Clemow, interior shots, part 1

This is a pool table built into the basement of 20 Clemow Avenue (east of Bank Street, now within a heritage conservation district).  The house was once the home of the architect W.E. Noffke.  He designed and had it built ca. 1913-14, and this is where he lived for about 7 years.  This is a very fine house designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style Noffke loved, though the interior is very much in the Arts and Crafts tradition, with lots of dark wood paneling and lovely ceiling lights, like the one above.Lots of attention to detail – look up and you would see floral patterned moulding in the ceiling as well more intricate dentilwork where the ceiling met the walls.Another very special feature were built-in wall bookshelves/cabinets, that opened and shut into the wall, but you could still display your books nicely without them actually getting in the way.  Do they ever think about this beautiful yet practical feature in today’s modern houses?!

I’ll have more shots of the beautiful interior design of this house shortly…

One of the oldest houses on Clemow Avenue

One of the first houses constructed on Clemow Avenue was this one, located near the intersection with Percy.  It was designed by Colborne Powell Meredith and built for George A. Crain in 1907-08.  Meredith was appointed to the Ottawa Improvement Commission (the organization responsible for the beautification of Ottawa, and the design of Clemow Avenue) in 1910.  Crain lived in the house until the 1940s, and had a long career as an Ottawa contractor, building houses and institutional buildings throughout the city.

There is, however, one house that is even older than this one…it was built in 1901 (according to the city directory)…more on that later.