An American Horror Story Scenario Found in Carleton Place Home



The wall murals in Season 1 of the popular F/X show American Horror Story are a series of odd paintings found in the living room by the new owners of a California home.

While restoring the house,  former owners Chad Warwick and Patrick covered up the murals with wallpaper.  Vivien Harmon, strips all the wallpaper when she begins to renovate, only to reveal the odd masterpieces. So have any murals been found under wallpaper here in Carleton Place? According to Heritage Carleton Place it seems there have been.

Burgess House

Address: 249 Lake Ave East, Carleton Place, Ontario


The Burgess house was built in 1900 for Arthur Burgess who was a wealthy local businessman, and  served as Mayor of Carleton Place in 1903 and in 1922.  This grand brick home with it’s circular driveway, massive front porch, and original carriage house is a fine example of Victorian architecture of the time. The home features fine oak trim  throughout, and a grand entrance hall with a number of stained glass windows.

In 1987, when the house was being renovated, it was discovered behind layers of wallpaper there were actual murals painted on the walls. On one wall they discovered a painting of a steam engine travelling through the Fraser Valley in BC with a snowy winter scene with a log cabin.  When all the wallpaper was completing removed, the homeowners at the time found several other scenes painted on the walls by an artist.  It is believed the artist of the wall murals was a Mr. Grant who was a brother in-law of Arthur Burgess.
How cool is that?

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

9 responses »

  1. My grandfather John G. Voyce was a Painter and Paperhanger for many years in Carleton Place. When old paper has been stripped off in some houses, his signature was found. Usually near a corner.I believe MJ Lancaster found it in her house


  2. There is a brick house on the second block of Herriott Street that my Great grandfather had built. Up high on the front is a stone plaque with his initials. WM. William Miller


      • I can look it up. It is the 3rd house on the south side just west of Thomas St It was lived in for many years by the family of Mrs Butcher Bill Bennett nee Lois Weedmark.

        Also the house on the north west corner of Flora and Townline was the Miller homestead. I have a picture of the family on the lawn taken approx 1912-1914 and an oil painting on wood of the same house. I can e-mail the photos to you if you are interested.

        My family history goes a long way back in Carleton Place. My Great grandmother Voyce was born here and was the niece of Hugh Boulton who built the mills and whom the town was named after when it was called Boultons Mills


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