245 Clemow – A look inside a Spanish-Colonial Georgian Revival

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:

Study, with dark wood panneled ceiling, original light fixtures, built-in wall book cases, and part of fireplace:

View of second floor and ground floor from study:

Wrought-iron detail on door to second floor “morning room”:

Detail of part of second floor master bedroom:Another second floor bedroom showing original hardwood floor:

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.

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2 thoughts on “245 Clemow – A look inside a Spanish-Colonial Georgian Revival

  1. My uncle Herb had this house built, then in the 1950’s my parents, Elaine and Frank Plant, bought the house. We lived there while I was in my teens. It was a beautiful home and we were all sad to see it deteriorate over the years. I stopped and spoke to the contractor who was overseeing the renovations and it sounds as if the house will be restored in a way that will maintain its character. Thank you for the posting of the images. It brought back so many memories.

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