Earnscliffe Manor | Ottawa, Ontario
In 2013, the National Historic Site Earnscliffe Manor, the residence of the British High Commissioner and the former home of 19th century prime minister Sir John A. MacDonald underwent a major rejuvenation to address the ravages of time.
The Gothic Revival house is situated on a cliff overlooking the Ottawa River, just to the east of the MacDonald-Cartier bridge and is accessed from Sussex Drive. As part of the restoration, all the windows were replicated and replaced – no small matter considering that almost every window is unique and there are forty-five individual window types. Most of the exterior doors were replaced and much of the exterior woodwork was removed and painstakingly re-crafted. The copper roofing accessories and eavestroughs were replaced with gleaming new fabrications by modern-day artisans. Granite pavers were used on walkways and cap off fresh new landscaping. Renovations were also carried out to the interior to correct structural and building envelope issues.
See a short video description of the restoration by MCROBIE Architects + Interior Designers below: