Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 5-The Little White House to the Roxy

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 5-The Little White House to the Roxy





Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Read in the series

Carleton Place Business–Lloyd Hughes List

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to Rubino’s/Giant Tiger



67 Bridge Street Carleton Place

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10 years ago


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Now 2017

67 Bridge Street Carleton Place

Built circa 1870 the original owner was William Cram  and at one time the exterior material of this building was clapboard. The renovations through the years removed a veranda across the front and the doctor’s office was at the far end. The gingerbread decoration that was on the gable window that faces Bridge Street was also removed.

It was the home and office of Dr. Albert Downing and his son Rupert and Dr. Ivan James moved in with his family after Dr. Downing moved to Mill Street. Dr. James then moved to Dr. Preston’s old house at 104 Bridge Street and Dr. Charles Ferrill who was an eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist moved in with his family. His wife’s maiden name was McCreary and the oldest daughter Mabel married Percy Hay and the younger daughter Alice married Jack Stewart.

The entrance to Dr. Ferrill’s was off of Albert Street and for a short time the local telegraph office for the CPR operated out of a small section. Later the building was made into tow apartments but is now a hair salon called Techniques For Hair and its official entrance is at 3 Albert Street.


58 Bridge Street Carleton Place


Then–Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


The 80s-Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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The 2000’s –Photo from –The Forgotten Photos of Carleton Place by Mike Jeays

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58 Bridge Street Carleton Place (circa 1870)

A white frame building stood halfway between Bridge and Victoria Street with a painting of a large black horse on the Bridge Street side.  Marj Whyte says it was called the Abe Lewis Livery Stable.

In 1824 the Crown granted Edmond Murphy the corner property  located at 58 Bridge Street.  His wife sold it after Edmond died and the property went through a number of owners including: James McDiarmid, Allan McDonald, John McEwen, Archibald McArthur, and John Burke Esquire.

Albert Lowe purchased the corner property where Mr. Mozzarella’s stands now from John Burke in 1906 and ran a horse livery business. When the small structure was not suitable for Lowe’s purposes; he undertook the construction of a two story brick building on the property.

Later on the property became the site of one of the first garages in Carleton Place that was  operated by Norman Bowland and Stanley Shannon. They bought it in 1925 for $4500, and Stan and his wife Viola Hart lived over the garage. There was a long lunch counter in the same building, but at a separate entrance run by Clifford “Clicker’ Peden. Later John Griffin ran the business until the building was renovated and a larger restaurant was  opened. Tammy Marion said– The red building use to be a restaurant ( I forget its name) in the mid to late 70’s – that belonged to the Fallack’s in CP. Their daughter was Barbara Fallack if memory serves me right and I used to go their for lunch from school.  Jo-Anne Drader Nelson replied- It was The Embassy and it was the best place to go for fries and ice cold bottle of Coke.

Grant Campbell’s Law office also had an entrance on College Street. There were many changes and owners, and for an in depth read please click on The Central Garage in Carleton Place by Terry Skillen. Terry’s father, Alfred Skillen, was once the owner and operator and later sold the building to Mr. John P. Andres in the summer of 1956 for $12,000.00. After that, the red brick building was no longer used commercially to sell and repair automobiles.

The building  was demolished in 1985, and a small take out restaurant was built on the vacant land at called Katchups. Mr. Mozzarella’s now occupies this location.

related reading:

The Central Garage in Carleton Place by Terry Skillen


62 Bridge Street Carleton Place


Photo of Marching Saints from Bev Hurdis from Carleton Place


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62 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870 and 1958

This present two storey single detached building at 62 Bridge Street with a long rectangular façade once housed a men’s clothing store for nearly 140 years. Founded by Patrick Galvin in 1846 (1816-1896) on Bell Street, he moved to the present location when Naploeon Lavallee owned the larger building that would contain the Galvin Tailor shop.

James Coleman’s shoemaking shop was in this building and a hotel that was operated by Robert Metcalf. The first building used to stand next to Bennett’s on Bell Street. In 1872, the shop moved to where the McNeely barbershop was in the Greig Block.

The Galvin Block included the former Roxy Theatre and Allie’s Coffee Shop. The business was set up in the lunchroom and later expanded to “eat in” where the theatre was located. Shortly after they moved to the site next door to the Galvin Building 62 Bridge. There was also a small jewellery business next door run by Fred Mason. The store continued to be operated by the Galvin family–James S. and James’s son J. Lambert. The store was also a dry cleaning business for a Smiths Falls company and Kaye Hamilton worked as a seamstress in the Galvin tailoring business. In 1958 the J.L. Galvin business, which was  a 112 years old,  was sold to Howard Johnson.

When Howard Johnson took over the ownership of this building, he constructed a news building that now sits at 62 Bridge Street.  Johnson, his wife Mae and their daughter occupied an apartment over the store, and Gordon and Marion McAllister lived in the other apartment.

Howard Johnson’s Men’s wear operated at this location until 1995 when it became Paul’s Men’s Wear. In 2006 it was sold and Wisteria a new business began to operate.


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Gayle and Janice from Wisteria


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal12 Apr 1958, SatPage 5

Related reading

When the Saints March By Howard Johnsons

You “Gotta Shop Around” in Carleton Place — Wisteria

People of Carleton Place, Ontario — Gail Sheen-MacDonald

The Determined Fashionable Women of Carleton Place


66 Bridge Street Carleton Place

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66 Bridge Street Circa 1860

The building has one off centred entrance but at one time there may have been two entrances to this building as the brick where the second possible entrance was is a different colour compared to the rest of the brick on the façade.

Mr. Steen (from the Winchester area) owned this brick building and Mr. P.G.N Frizell who lived on Lake Ave. East operated a small grocery store.  Later Percy Hardy operated his photography studio and in the 1930s Fred and Lib Stanzel occupied it as a lunchroom and had living quarters upstairs. It also use to house a clothing store that I can’t seem to find a mention of.

Clifford Peden bought the building and made it into upstairs and downstairs apartments where he and his wife Donalda and son James lived in the upstairs apartment. Mrs. Rena Paul and then Mrs. Gladys Lashley lived downstairs. Keith Giffin said: “My uncle Clicker Peden lived there after he retired and converted the lower part to apartment. My cousin Jim Peden lived there for awhile and the Giffins  ran the lunch bar for number of years called The Carleton Lunch Bar”.

Norma Jackson- One memory I have is going to the restaurant with my Mom and having pigs in a blanket

Donna Mcfarlane- Howard and Allie Neil ran the restaurant there for awhile when I was in high school then Mrs Mcgregor had it.
Valerie Edwards– I will always remember my Dad taking me there, I think we sat at the counter, for a hot chocolate after the Remembrance Day ceremonies, each November 11. So much so, that each Nov. 11 I take a thermos of hot chocolate with me & find some place to sit after the crowd has gone.

This building is now a residence and for many years the citizens will remember it as the Colonial Bus Stop and restaurant.


68-74 Bridge Street Carleton Place


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68-74 Bridge Street Carleton Place Circa 1870 and 1970

This property at 68-74 Bridge Street housed a theatre that was known as the Star,
Roxy, the O’Brien, and the Odeon. In 1919, the name of the theatre was the Star
Theatre and they ran three features a week and the Kids Matinee was a dime and adults a quarter. At one time the theatre was operated by a committee of town businessmen who hired the projectionists: Sam Ventura and Louie Reuben, the ushers: Sam Saunders the caretakers, and even Marguerite Saunders who sold the tickets.

In the days of silent films Laura Burrows who lived on William Street was the piano player at the front of the stage and she provided the sound effects. Later the theatre was sold to Mrs. Jenkinson and her son Warren operated it. At time Smiley Gravelle was the projectionist and Rossie Moore Doyle sold the tickets.



Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

In 1951, the theatre was the Roxy and the  cost for adults was 40 cents, students 30 cents, and children 15 cents.  The 1940’s and 1950’s was the heyday of the film industry and they used to have an manager of amateur night. Peter Pan and Heidi were some of the films that showed at the Roxy and Dick Maloney a popular comedian of the time also made an appearance at the Roxy.

In the 1930s, there was also a Chinese restaurant and laundry operated by Kelly’s
as well as Rosenberg’s jewellery was also on this site too. The theatre building came down in 1970s when McDermid bought the site along with the Chinese Laundry and also the small brick building which had been a restaurant at one time but was later Howard Dowdall’s Barber Shop. The restaurant was called Giffin’s. Here are some comments:

At one point the clapboard of the new building was brown but in 2006 it became green. There is presently a dentist and offices ( CP Rental) at 68-74 Bridge Street. The original buildings were replaced in the 1970s when McDiarmid bought the site.

Lynne Johnson Dr. Barry used to practice out of that building. And Dr. White??

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Dr. White and Dr. Jamie Fullerton – all 3.

Kari Clarke –My father Karl Bruun ( lawyer ), Dr. Wayne Barry ( family doctor ) and Dr. Dean McDiarmid (dentist ) built the building. They used to joke and call it the ” will, pill, and drill ” building. They were good friends for many years.

Elizabeth Edwards— My dad, Shane Edwards ran his law practice in this building.

Related reading

The Star Theatre–or Funny Things Said in a Local Theatre

More Memories of Rossie Doyle


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Read in the series

Carleton Place Business–Lloyd Hughes List

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 1– Canadian Tire to The Moose

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 2- Milano Pizza to Milady Dress Shop

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 3- St. Andrew’s to Central School

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Carleton Place — A Valley Town at Confederation 

In Canada’s Year of Confederation, the busy sawmill village of Carleton Place had a population of about 700 people. Many citizens were sons and daughters of the Scottish emigrants who had settled the area in the 1820’s.Most of the town’s buildings stood on the north side of the Mississippi River, with only about 12 houses on the south.

Shops on Bell, Mill and Bridge Street were open from 6 am to 10 pm and the average work day for laborers was 11 hours! Want to know more about what Carleton Place (formerly Morphy’s Falls) looked like in 1867?

Read more in the Carleton Place Community Information Guide or stop by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and check out their summer exhibition.


About lindaseccaspina

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.

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