Unrivaled Elegance and Charm
- 5 Bedrooms
- 4 Bathrooms
- 2 Half
About This Property
The Lalor Estate is a property that meets and exceeds its visitors' hopes and expectations as a home in this grand style only can accomplish. Visit this lovingly restored Edwardian and cross the threshold into a home with style and distinction built into every room and space.
Any discerning buyer seeking to find an historic home that retains all of the grace and elegance of the turn of the century will find it at 241 Broad Street West in Dunnville, Ontario. In the early 1900s, Francis Ramsey Lalor was a man of means and influence who sought to build an estate representative of himself and his dealings, and this estate is a true expression of its builder’s vision and achievement.
This multi-generational family home is two and a half stories of fine Edwardian architecture lovingly attended by its current owners; conscientious conservators of a property that is such an exemplary blend of Haldimand County history and community involvement. The wrap-around verandah, slate-covered gables and striking red brick indicate what type of delights might be contained therein, and no visitor is disappointed.
The main floor of this home consists of the parlour, living room/ library, formal dining, grand center hall, butler's servery, sunroom, kitchen and laundry room. The original millwork is not only intact, but the excellent condition of the joinery immediately speaks to the quality of the material and craftsmanship that came together in the building of this very fine home. The coffered ceiling and wood paneling in the dining room, fine built-in cabinetry in the library and wainscotting in the parlour as well as the gleaming original hardwood floors all reveal the excellent workmanship, but the details reveal the true nature of its builders; all the carpentry materials are clear of knots and imperfections, and the plaster walls are true and square. This home has stood in excess of a hundred years, a testament to its own history and shining example of period architecture.
The windows move easily in their counter-weighted frames; glass lights glinting from its decorative muntins. Every detail has been carefully chosen and matched to its distinctive style; filigree on the hot water radiators and vents, deep sills, marble insets and glazed tiles around fireplaces. Original hardware is operational and functional as well as visually rich, and every view contains a delight for the connoisseur of architecture and interior design.
Drawn to the second floor, visitors cannot help but delight in the archway and pillars as they walk along the second floor hallway to the sitting area. Three and a half baths and four bedrooms are found off the broad center hallway, each one a delight and unique in their character. One finds in the various chambers delightful wall niches, in-room vanity sinks, gilded fireplaces, beautiful cabinetry and a delightful sun room with a terracotta tiled floor.
Ascending further via the servants’ stairway will speak to the house’s grand history; this estate has played host to lavish parties and community entertainment. Servants upstairs enjoyed spacious accommodation and a 3-pc bath. The house’s second ballroom is on this floor, the roofline and eaves of the grand gables forming visually interesting and unique planes.
The property lot serves the house with equal grace, with lovely gardens and mature trees, ample parking, and a triple car garage on the generous 198 x 210-ft. grounds.
- 3 Car Garage
- 3+ Fireplaces
- Air Conditioning
- Basement - Unfinished
- Eat in Kitchen
- Ensuite Bathroom
- Hardwood Floors
- Open Porch
- Outdoor Living
- Wraparound Deck
- 6,160 ft2 / 572.26 m2 - Living space
- 41,580.00 ft2 / 3,862.78 m2 - Lot size
- Year Built 1905
- 111 Approximate Age
- 12 Parking Spaces
- $6,355 Taxes Municipal 2016
This home has enjoyed regular maintenance and repair. Infrastructure updates include: boiler, roof, electrical, plumbing, rear patio. Flexibility of use: this can continue with its current B&B utilization, easily converted to professional offices, could house multiple families, has operated as a successful retirement home. Heritage designation with limited restrictions.