What you Might Not Know About the Union Street House–The Walker Era

What you Might Not Know About the Union Street House–The Walker Era


Commander  Lawrence J. Walker and his lovely wife Dutch–born Gwen bought the former Jamieson home in 1958.

They completely decorated the interior and added a new kitchen and a modern bathroom.

They remodelled the front door and replaced a ultra-high front door with a shorter one topped by a decorative fanlight.

They added old carriage lights to the portico.

A lot of the ‘old world’ furniture came from Mrs. Walker’s father in the Netherlands.


Photo- Linda Seccaspina 1982


There was once an old baking cupboard in the house, and the Walkers converted it into a HI-FI cabinet.

The interior woodwork was once all tiger striped ash and the Walkers painted it white and pastel colours.

Gwen Walker was also an artist who painted old pieces with scenic landscapes.

One of the Walker’s biggest projects was a playroom built for their daughter Wendy. It was originally the servants quarters.

Laurence Walker, who was a Civil War buff and scanned old battlefields in Virginia with a mine detector in search of souvenirs, and found old bullets, belt buckles and even a 12 pound cannonball which was featured in the playroom.



Photo- Linda Seccaspina 1982



Mary Sterling Jarick Use to smoke at the wall. It was the boundary for smoking at High School circa 1959 – 1962.

JoAnne Dale Commander Walker. We lived there for a while in the early ’70’s. At that point, the Walkers were with External Affairs and he had a posting overseas. My Dad, Armand Dale, was friends with Commander Walker.There used to be a couple of canons outside the front entrance.

Marty Taylor I used to live right across Union St from this house. Went to both the public school and grade 9 of the HS, both of which were just up the road. Believe we moved into that house around 1960. We had the train tracks in our back yard.


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 and The Tales of Almonte

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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