Was This the Architect of the Findlay Homes on High Street?

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Today I poured through the archives looking for things and I would bet my last dollar I found the architect for one of the Findlay homes on High Street. I really wanted it to be the one that was demolished as I still cannot believe three council men decided the fate of that home-even though it was in great disrepair. I seem to have taken the memory of this home under my wing.

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Dumps Bradley wrote a few memories about that particular house which I wrote about, and it is all on record at The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum if you are interested. Her parents, Anne and Frank Bradley, bought the house from the Findlays in 1954. The home really wasn’t that old having been built in 1910. It was built of Newfoundland Stone and the Bradleys personally renovated it themselves. But the ad for tender was placed in early1900 so that would be too soon for this home.

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G. M. Bayly was what they would once call a ‘young upstart’ dabbling in Ottawa politics and forming his own architectural business before the age of 30. George became an alderman in the Wellington ward on his first try, defeating a long time representative from his area. The newspapers noted he was more widely known in the social and civic circles of Ottawa than his opponent. He was a fairly new resident of that ward but the Ottawa Journal said he held intelligent and independent views, and was born and bred in Ottawa.

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He was responsible for the design and building of several Ottawa schools, and a few homes in the Glebe.

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The above ad was placed for a Carleton Place home that would seem of some opulence. Bayly, looking quite dapper by appearances, and an Ottawa mover and groover probably made sure to move in affluent crowds. It is quite possible he became acquainted with the Findlays at social events. Remember the Findlays were quite forward thinking for their time, and would welcome new ideas. An eight horsepower Ford was bought by Findlay Brothers as the first automobile owned in Carleton Place in 1900. I can see these gentlemen getting along splendidly.

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I kept dating the Findlay homes, and I think it is the red brick one (George Findlay home) built in 1901, as it is very similar to ones that were built by George Bayly in Ottawa. More food for thought- and back to the archives.

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tillting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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