The other day, Urbsite talked about one of Noffke’s early houses in Centretown, so that got me thinking that it might worth profiling all the houses he designed in the Glebe.
One of these, according to a recent article by Heritage Ottawa members John Macleod and Richard Belliveau, was the Charles Ernest Baker house. Here’s what the house looked like in the 1920s:
Designed by Noffke in his trademark Spanish Colonial Revival Style, it was built in 1912 for a family that had lived on this spot since the 1870s. Originally numbered as 65 Wilton Street, it is now 86 Ralph. Here’s what the view from the house would have looked like, across Brown’s Inlet:
Charles Ernest Baker was the owner of the house from 1912-1953, and ran the Baker Boot and Shoe Company. His son Clarence lived here until the late 1970s. Read Baker senior’s obituary, from the Ottawa Citizen’s Aug. 4 paper here:
One of these units was for sale recently, and you can see a photo of the place here. It is a wonder that this aesthetically pleasing house is still not designated.