Historic Arts & Crafts Tudor

23 Yates Street, St. Catharines, ON

  • $1,600,000
  • 4 BEDS
  • 3+1 BATHS
  • 2,441 sq.ft. Home
  • 23 Yates Street, St. Catharines, ON
  • 4 BEDS
  • 3+1 BATHS
  • 2,441 sq.ft. Home
  • $1,600,000

Key Facts

  • MLS ID: 30751341
  • Property Type: Residential, House
  • Style: Arts & Crafts
  • Living Space: 2,441 sq.ft.
  • Lot Size: 1,033.14 sq.m.
  • Year Built: 1923
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3+1
  • Approximate Age: 95
  • Parking Spaces: 1

Property Description

This home rates amongst the finest Arts & Crafts cottage presentations you will have the privilege to see. The exterior, rich in Tudor detail, belies the size of the home, which boasts 3,500 sq ft of living space, overlooking extensive terraced English gardens. Designed & built in 1923 by renowned architects Nicholson & MacBeth, their genius is everywhere apparent. Skilled craftsmen incorporated many fine details in a plan that flows beautifully throughout. A magnificent open staircase links all levels, & showcases fine stained-glass windows. French doors open to an expansive dining room, plus a gem of a library, perfect as a retreat with a book & a glass of wine before the panelled fireplace. Completing this level is a kitchen with plenty of space to work and to dine, plus a pretty powder room. Every room is graced with leaded windows. On the lower level, beautiful bay windows & French doors open the grand living room to the idyllic patio surrounded by mature trees & plantings, with the terrace descending beyond. There is also a laundry room & a steam spa. A spacious master retreat has an ensuite, fireplace & walk-in closet. Three more bedrooms have ample storage plus a 2nd full adjoining bath. This home has 3 working fireplaces. Look for the intrigue of a second maid’s staircase! There is so much more to be seen and discovered.


  • 3+ Fireplaces
  • Air Conditioning
  • Backyard
  • Basement - Finished
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Garage
  • Gardens
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Heated Floors
  • Historic
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Privacy Fence
  • Radiant Floor
  • River View
  • Scenic
  • Sprinkler System
  • Storage
  • Terrace
  • Walk In Closet
  • Walk Out Basement
  • Walk-in Closet


  • TypeLevelDimensionsFlooring
  • Dining room1st floor17.90 x 15.00 ft.Hardwood
  • Kitchen1st floor13.80 x 13.80 ft.Granit
  • Bedroom2nd floor12.60 x 8.11 ft.Hardwood
  • Bedroom2nd floor11.70 x 14.10 ft.Hardwood
  • Bedroom2nd floor15.30 x 11.11 ft.Hardwood
  • Master bedroom2nd floor15.90 x 14.70 ft.Hardwood
  • Laundry roomLower11.40 x 13.00 ft.Ceramic tiles
  • Living roomLower30.20 x 21.10 ft.Hardwood
  • Foyer1st floor17.80 x 6.30 ft.Hardwood
  • Library1st floor19.11 x 13.40 ft.Hardwood
  • Dinette1st floor14.70 x 9.40 ft.Hardwood

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Area Description

Historic district in the old downtown area of St. Catharines. Over the years, the home owners have wisely preserved many of the grown trees on their property, creating the beautiful tree-lined streetscape we see today. Although the mills and other canalside businesses ceased operation after a new route was chosen for the canal, the elegant residences remain, creating a beautiful eclectic neighbourhood.
The Performing Arts Centre, just a walk away, has an array of cultural activities. The Meridian Centre, with our local Ice Dogs Team, or enjoy tickets from stars such as Elton John. Foodies will love the St. Paul Street strip for Craft Beer, and unique eateries. For the chef, shop the natural produce available at the Farmers Market. Churches, banks, Doctors? We have it all.


What makes a Yates Street address so sought after? Developed in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, this neighbourhood teems with character, and is rich with historical significance. The development of the beautiful homes overlooking Twelve Mile Creek (once the Welland Canal, back in 1829) was influenced by local industrial growth and prosperity. Wealthy business leaders inspired unique and elegant homes built in Georgian and Tudor styles, and this home at Number 23, which has hosted famous artists and politicians, is a treasure designed and built by the renowned architects Nicholson and MacBeth.
Enter through a beautiful arched front doorway. The central hall is open to a splendid chestnut staircase showcasing its stained-glass windows. Opposite, French doors reveal a grand dining room with views to the terraced back yard. An enchanting library features a floor to ceiling natural fireplace surrounded by panelling. It is said that many years ago there was an adjoining doorway and hall from this room to the home next door, through which the original owners and their family could conveniently visit one another!
The kitchen is Snaidero, and has a Kohler Wisconsin enamel sink and granite floor. Its dining area with mahogany floor and window wall was repurposed from what was once the maid’s living quarters next to the second staircase for the maid's use, that runs to all levels and right up to the attic.
The main floor powder room is enlivened with hand-printed Pierre Frey Boussac wallpaper and a custom glass sink, which echoes the original green glass bulls-eyes in the paned window.
The beamed 21 x 30 foot living room boasts a floor to ceiling limestone fireplace. The picture book bay window and a stunning wood Linenfold screen grace the room, and paned glass French doors lead onto the patio sheltered by an overhang. Exquisite architectural details are found everywhere, and the floor plan is ingenious. Clearly the work of master architects.
The spacious Master suite boasts an imported period fireplace, as well as a walk-in closet. The ensuite bathroom has a Tea for Two jetted tub and a free-standing marble sink, plus a Runtal Radiator heated towel rack. The tile is a work of art, and must simply be seen.
Two large bedrooms, each of which has more of the gorgeous garden views, are linked by a Jack & Jill bathroom with bewitching ‘Anatomically Correct Wildlife’ tiles and Victorian porcelain floor tiles. Both have ample size walk-in closets. The fourth bedroom, or Nursery, could be used as an office.
This historically remarkable home with ravine lot and terraced yard boasts enchanting English cottage gardens with entertainment spaces offering enviable privacy sheltered by mature trees. The charming Moon Gate provides entrance to the magic of the rear garden and the patio of original brick and Pennsylvania slate. Bright annuals and mature perennials give a continuous, ever-changing show of flowers throughout the season, including specialties which thrive here in this sheltered atmosphere. Established ground-cover blankets the hillside, and the lowest terrace features a burbling river rock and the surprise of a boxwood parterre.
There is a delightful three-piece bathroom on the lower level. It has a custom copper ceiling and a steam shower providing a fine spa refuge. A bright laundry room is located nearby too.
Fine Tudor detailing on the half-timbered exterior of the home includes clinker bricks, ornate wood carving, embellished copper eavestroughs, leaded stained-glass windows and a slate roof. The single car parking garage for this home is at 17 Yates Street.
Inside the home, the trim work is chestnut, and the wood flooring and plaster are original. There are three working fireplaces, each a design statement. Paint used throughout is Farrow and Ball. Air conditioning and a security system are in place, all plumbing is copper, and the property has re-wired 220-amp electrical service

Additional Features

Well established English cottage gardens that include a variety of rare and unusual specimen plants, with many successfully thriving outside their normal climatic zone. Perennials, shrubs and trees are hardscaped in the rear garden with terraced Pennsylvanian slate patios linked by an original flag stone path bordered with river rocks. A charming Moon Gate provides the entrance to the rear garden which encompasses a recessed seating area and a great show of annual flowers anchored by mature perennials. The hill is well ground-covered and includes a compact boxwood parterre for interest. A bubbling river rock provides a pleasing water feature on the lowest patio.
A geometric sculpture in the bay window gardenreproducesa ‘Sprite” designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1914.
The Garden harmonizes perfectly with the house and is fenced, private, well-treed and abundant.
Some of the special garden plantings include: Front Garden: Mature Japanese Red Maple; Assortment of Mountain Fire Pieris; Waterfall Japanese Maple; ; Hinoki Cypress; Larch; Bird’s Nest Spruce; Weeping Nootka Cypress. The delightful rear garden boasts: Coral Bark Maple Tree; Weeping Ginkgo; Pyramidal Oak; Japanese Red Maple; Cryptomeria Japanese Redwood; 2 Lawson’s Cypress; China Fir; Red Persian Silk Tree; and gracing the hillside: Mulberry; Honey locust; 3 Hornbeam; and 2 Norway Spruce.

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