Some of the houses nearby to Mutchmor House (later Protestant Home for the Aged) in the 1870s and 1880s

note: This post was originally published in 2012 but has been updated with new information.

The top photo is 910 Bank Street, ca. 1870s, built for John Garland and later the home of Alexander Maclean and the later still Annesley College before demolition in 1949.

Here’s another view of the house, as seen in 1892 when it was the home of Mrs. Thomas McKay:

Currently occupied by a parking lot and the Beer Store.

Next door was the home of his business partner, John Mutchmor, now called Abbotsford House, and built in 1873 (and seen here in 1928):

John Mutchmor, businessman and land speculator, as seen here in the 1870s.

Here’s his partner John Garland in 1875:

Here he is again in 1896:

And here is his wife, as seen in 1874:

And here is the first store Garland and Mutchmor ran in downtown Ottawa), ca. 1871, at 110-116 Sparks Street,

And here’s another view of their store on Sparks Street:

Here is interior of the next store Garland an, on his own, as seen in 1892:

Here is the exterior of one the buildings he had constructed, known as the Garland Building, at Queen and O’Connor, as seen in 1898:

At bottom is Elm Bank House, built by another Ottawan, Thomas McKay, and located on the south side of the canal near where the Sunnyside public library is now. (Misidentified in the LAC catalogue as the John Garland House.)

More closeup views of Elm Bank, as seen in 1873:



6 thoughts on “Some of the houses nearby to Mutchmor House (later Protestant Home for the Aged) in the 1870s and 1880s

  1. If you take the mirror image of the photo of Garland’s house, you end up with something that looks a lot like the house at 5 Bower St, near Mutchmor Rd in Old Ottawa East.

    I might be way off here because it’s difficult to determine if the house in the picture is made of brick or is wood clad and it’s hard to reconcile the terracing with what’s there today although there is a slope up towards Mt Pleasant Ave and the street in between is called Mason Terrace.

    My guess is that the right-hand-side of the house pictured is looking westwards towards the canal about 75 feet in from Echo Drive.

    • The house featured in the top photograph is not Abbotsford House. Abbotsford House at The Glebe Centre (now a community centre for Adults 55+) is very simular but not the same structure. Abbotsford House built by Alexander Mutchmor in 1872 is located directly across from Lansdowne Park at 950 Bank Street.
      I have several old photographs of the building that I would gladly share.

      • Thank you for the update. The photograph from the LAC photo collections says Mr. Mutchmor’s house…and as far as I know this was his home before being turned over as the Prostestant Home for the Aged in the late 1880s. But if you have some photos that prove different, I’d be ver interested in seeing them and would happily post them here for all to see. Which begs the question, whose house is this?!

      • I tried to respond in an e-mail with a bevy of information and photographs but I need an e-mail address outside of your site to do so. It may be that I have too much data (photographs) but its complaint said “cannot find the path specified” when I tried to send it.

  2. The pictures above are actually the stone Thomas McKay house, Elm Bank, south of the canal where the public library is now and the brick John Garland/Alexander MacLean house formerly 910 Bank Street, immediately north of Abbotsford, but demolished around 1949. There are misidentifications of these houses in the LAC catalogue.
    The Sparks Street store shown is the original 110-116 Sparks Street, (currently boarded up with only the easternmost windows remaining from the original frontage). Garland and Mutchmor had another store at 20 Sparks Street where the Post Office is now, built in 1865. The leftmost dry goods store in the picture is where Charles Bryson, the founder of Bryson-Graham, got his start when the building was new in 1872.

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