- Site 10:
- Coleman Residence
- 607 Jane Street
- Date Originally Built:
- Present Use:
- Private Residence
- Evaluation Score:
- Priority One
This well-preserved private home is located in an older, prestigious residential neighbourhood, directly across the street from the former North Bay Collegiate Institute and Vocational School (now École Secondaire Catholique Algonquin). The house was originally constructed in 1910-11 by Charles Coleman, of Coleman and Prest, local coal dealers. Mrs. Coleman was a daughter of William Milne Sr. and brother to Colonel William Milne, all of the Milne Lumber Company.
Despite not being designed in any particular classical historical style, this house remains rich in detail, typified by the diamond shaped upper panes of the restored windows. Furthermore, admirable forms and finishes are continuous on all four facades, thereby increasing the building’s quality from all angles. A generous rear porch is an integral component of this design, affording both visual and physical access to the beautiful landscaped gardens of this property.
Internally, upgrading of the facilities and sensitive modifications of the various rooms have been carried out with resulting enhancement of the quality and character of the original residence.
This home maintains a refreshingly youthful character, despite being over one hundred years old. It is well deserving of continued good maintenance and conservation, which it has received throughout its lengthy lifetime.