The exquisite transformation of a historic manor

Avenue Design

Original title: Renaissance

A remarkable example of early 20th century bourgeois architecture, this english-manor style home built on the slopes of Mount Royal also has a prestigious past.

This mansion in the Golden Square Mile is one of very few to still be used as a family home. Built in 1927 by architect Harold Lee Fetherstonhaugh for William R. Grattan Holt, it has managed to retain its original charm despite a somewhat tumultuous past.

In 1944, this family home was used to house injured members of the Royal Canadian Navy. It was then sold to the Children’s Memorial Hospital, and later to the Brothers of Charity. Finally, in 1960, it was returned to its original purpose. Successive owners were doubtlessly aware that they were in possession of a rare gem because the house still retains its original floors and wood panelling,although it has been updated. The archways, high ceilings, wrought iron stair railing and impressive suite of rooms have entranced the best-known designers. Cynthia Adelson was behind the most recent transformation of this home,creating an exquisite decor in shades of grey.

Stepping through the front door, one is immediately struck by the home’s classic beauty, elegant wood panelling and marble floor. The space is spare and formal. The first stop is the kitchen designed by Daniel Brisset. The spacious area with marble counters is for the family because, of course, a house of this size has a second kitchen reserved for entertaining. The formal living room, which Cynthia Adelson has decorated in lilac velvet, leads to the staircase, where we pause on the landing to admire the art.

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” Cynthia Adelson was behind the most recent transformation of this home, creating an exquisite decor in shades of grey. “

Upstairs, the private quarters include a den for home movie viewing and a guest room. In addition, with the subtle use of texture and oversized patterns, Cynthia Adelson has skillfully transformed the spacious master bedroom with ensuite into a cosy haven. Like the other rooms in the house enhanced by the designer, the furniture was custom-made and the fabrics woven to order. The windows overlook the garden, a private oasis of green in the heart of Montreal. The saltwater pool, outdoor seating and play areas also hide another feature: an extensive new underground garage. An additional touch of luxury for this exceptional home, a remarkable vestige of Montreal’s past.

This residence is listed by Liza Kaufman of Sotheby’s, (514) 232 5932

Renaissance – e-mag