245 Clemow was designed by noted Ottawa architect W.E. Noffke in 1927 for Herbert A. Plant, an accountant who was also the brother of Frank Plant. mayor of Ottawa in the early 1920s and then again in 1930. Herbert lived for a time on Glebe Avenue, but in 1927 commissioned Noffke to design this Spanish Colonial Revival house with Georgian accents. It was profiled in the July 1928 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Journal (shown above).
Herbert Plant lived here until the 1950s. This is a well-designed house with attractive grounds.
The owner of the past 30 years showed me around the injterior a few weeks ago before the property was to be transferred to a new owner, who will do extensive renovations. As you will see from the following set of images, there are some very nice Arts and Crafts interior finishes that hopefully will be restored. A more detailed article about this house will be published in an upcoming issue of the Glebe Report.
Entrance to front living room, east side:
Wood details around doorways:
Dark wood door with diamond window from front living room into pantry and kitchen:
Fireplace in front living room, west side:
View up stairs to second floor library/study:
View of second floor and ground floor from study:
Third floor servant’s bathroom with clawfoot tub and tile floor:
The last image shows what seems to be a Noffke trademark: a billiard room and billiard table in the basement, with door leading to a safe designed by Goldie and McCulloch of Galt. You’ll also note the basement windows, which, though now blocked up, would have originally brought natural light for those playing billiards in the daytime.