Historically significant, completely updated infrastructure, centrally located in a vibrant small community but minutes to Burlington and everything it has to offer; 6103 Guelph Line sits on 2.5 picturesque acres and blends the modern amenities and conveniences with the opportunity to live in an architecturally important and unique heritage home.
In the 1850s, O.S. Fowler developed an advanced and efficient theory to building octagonal homes, using local building materials and three basic elements in choosing a location on which to build: "a good building site, beautiful landscape, and good and convenient water.” Fowler published a treatise on how to build an octagonal building from the ground up – how to choose materials, how to lay the foundations so they would be watertight, and proved his claims that an octagon actually offers more square feet of living space in relation to a home with the same sized footprint. Amusingly, he was known to have said that discovering his floor plan 'kept the devils out of the corners' was just an added benefit.
In 1860, the Thomas Pickett family chose the crest of Lowville Hill to build just such a home. They sourced local stone, felled a giant white pine on the property and sent it up the road to the Lowville Mill to be hewn into wide plank floors. Thomas and his son William personally oversaw the building of this distinctive home, constructed with such solid a foundation and uniquely engineered design that Canadians for centuries have noted and loved The Octogon.
Tucked today past gates and a lovely serpentine lane, it boasts all new electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, interior drywall, exterior stucco, and a beautiful cedar roof. A lofty atrium provides a glass-topped terrace to draw in the light to the downstairs, and the signature cupola's windows flood the main in sunshine.
This home's current owners have taken the stewardship of such a well-loved and heritage-rich home and grounds very seriously, having undertaken a complete renovation and restoration as true to the original building as could be managed while ensuring comfort and efficiency. The charming winding staircase to the cupola stands as it always has, the 6-over-6 windows and custom storms remain intact, original wide plank floors shine throughout.
On the lower level, modern amenities work sympathetically and in concert with the house's origins – stainless steel appliances in the kitchen/dining/great room accompany a cheery gas fireplace, exposed beams, travertine floors, a stylishly revealed limestone feature wall, and exposed structural beams; exact replicas of the originals, charmingly echoing the octagonal shape. Also found on this level is modern bath with lovely glass-enclosed shower and custom vanity, a laundry/utility room and the separate access to the atrium, with its elegant operational greenhouse skylights and delightful terracotta tiled floor.
The main floor welcomes visitors into the formal main entry hall; deep sills, custom built-in cupbards with dovetail and biscuit joins, 14” baseboards and a formal chair rail. The balance of the main floor includes some flexibility, either allowing for two or three bedrooms, depending on preference. The largest sitting room/bedroom is topped with wood crown moulding, millwork sills and a view to the side meadow through the 2 6-over-6 windows. A large bedroom found off the rear hallway also boasts 2 of the lovely windows, finished with fine painted millwork and is adjacent to an exterior door and a bath placed conveniently across the hall. One bedroom is a complete suite with a walk-in closet and an ensuite bath including a deep tub and handheld shower, settled onto beautiful pine floors. Two 3-pc baths include custom vanities and marble tile.
Emulating previous owners, a new owner may wish to build an addition to this architectural gem or an additional home on the property. Possibilities are many !