The Percy Shaver House – 164 Clemow


The Queen-Anne Revival house you see below was designed by the architect John Pritchard Maclaren and built in 1913-14 for Percy H. Shaver. Shaver was secretary to the MP the honourable Clifford Sifton (see below)- who had been Minister of the Interior under Sir Wilfred Laurier – and Shaver lived here from 1913 until 1922.


In 1915, Sifton and Shaver were involved in a lawsuit regarding the sale of horses to the French Government.


You can justvsee the house in the following winter shot taken by the Department of the Interior during the 1920s, which also shows Clemow Avenue looking west  as seen from Bank Street. image Later residents have included Harold Cooke, geologist with the Department of Mines and Resources, who lived here in the 1940s.

  The distinctive features of this home include the three-storey rounded corner tower with bell-shaped roof, regular stone banding demarcating the different levels of the house, a modest projecting bay and triangular gable on the eastern front facade, and a simple front entrance surounded by classical style columns that hold up a small second storey balcony.

Architect John Pritichard Maclaren was also responsible for 221 Clemow (1909):

In the same year as his work on Clemow for Shaver, he also designed the First Church of Christ Scientist on Metcalfe Street:

He also was responsible for the 1928-29 St. Giles Church at the corner of Bank and First Avenue:

Also, the Mayfair Movie Theatre in 1932 (as seen here in a streetscape view in the 1950s):

And finally the Rideau Branch of the Ottawa Public Library in 1933:


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