Browning Residence

Site 11:
Browning Residence
Location:
590 McIntyre Street West
Date Originally Built:
1902
Present Use:
Private Residence
Evaluation Score:
Priority One

Constructed in 1902, this is one of the oldest houses still existing in North Bay. It was originally occupied by Crown Prosecutor A.G. Browning and his family. Set on a large corner lot at Murray Street, among mature trees, this building achieves significant status in a community of houses that are of similar quality.

A long low white stone wall with gate opening marks the property line fronting on McIntyre Street, accompanied by a handsome black wrought iron fence on Murray Street. The stone foundation of the red brick residence matches the street wall, thereby establishing a successful marriage of building and site.

A strong symmetry of the main fa├žade was originally developed in a 3 bay roofed front porch at ground floor level leading to the main entry, above which is a second floor bay window whose structure extends through the main roof eave to form a unique mini-balcony centered on a third floor windowed gable. This symmetry is offset by a three story gabled wing on one side, and the wrap-around porch terminating at a corner bay on the Murray Street side.

In the well landscaped rear garden, a pentagonal roofed wood porch originally projected into the centre of this elegant open space.