Documenting 28 Frank St, Carleton Place

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Documenting 28 Frank St, Carleton Place
Rick Roberts
This is the house in the winter of 1959. The lady on the left is my mother Elsie Devlin-Roberts, I’m the little kid in front.

My parents bought the house in 1958 for $12,000 from Rev McCord’s widow. They lived there until 1986. I lived there until 1971. It looked quite a bit different then. Porch was open, 2nd floor balcony had a railing and a door to the balcony from the adjoining bedroom.

The living room fireplace was built in the early 1960s by Jack Wilson, a well known local mason. Read- In Memory of Jack Wilson — The Mason’s Mason Angelstone was in fashion then, so that was what it was built with. The living room was originally three rooms… living room, dining room and front hallway. The door from the front hall to the living room and the doorway between the living room and the dining room were originally large pairs of sliding pocket doors. The rooms were opened up into a single room at the same time as the fireplace was built.

The main floor powder room off the kitchen was originally the back stairs to the master bedroom. My parents converted the back stairs to a powder room about 1972. The bedroom over the kitchen was the original master bedroom. When indoor plumbing became popular, the owners at that time partitioned a slice off of the master bedroom to put in a bathroom. That reduced the size of the master bedroom but was probably worth it 😉

Rick RobertsThis a picture taken in front of the fireplace on 28 Frank Street in 1962, soon after the fireplace was built. My parents (Elsie Devlin-Roberts and Ben Roberts) are dressed to go to a square dance.

Rob TyrieMy parents update the back addition and set up the 3rd floor space. The also opened up the main floor space.

Rick RobertsRob Tyrie agree on the attic… it was used for storage and unfinished when my parents sold it in late 1986 or early 1987. The next owners, your parents converted the original stairway to the attic to more closet space, added the spiral staircase, and finished the attic including enlarging the dormer. The opening of the main floor was done in 1961 or 1962 by Parkman and Taylor (contractors) for my parents. I lived there at the time. Mrs McCord, the person my parents bought it from, was completely furious and “disgusted” that my parents chose to open up those main floor rooms.

Rob TyrieRick Roberts made a lot more sense to open it up.

Toby RandellRob Tyrie could likely give you some history on this house. He and his family lived in it for years.

Angela FinniganI use to walk by daily on my way to school I lived on frank St. The home has gone through many changes over the years beautiful changes always admired this house and the Harley Davidson parked in the driveway!

Trish TaylorJust a comment on how beautifully this house has been restored, AWESOME!! Question, does anyone know what the cut out at the bottom of the stairs is for? THanks!

Rick RobertsTrish Taylor do you mean the grate under the bottom step of the stairs? That was a cold air return for the furnace. The floor joists are logs cut flat on top and bottom. The cold air return in the basement was sheet metal covering the opening between those logs.

Rob TyrieAh. Beautiful Renovation. My parents owned it before the Devlin’s. I never lived there but brother Todd did. They moved there in 87 or 88 if I remember correctly. Lots of great memories and family events and holidays there up until my Dad passed in 2005. CP is a great town. As my mom always said, that house had great bones.

Wesley ParsonsI can tell you it was well decorated, lol. The place was “alive” with plants and flowers. The back dining room was host to a massive round table with a large rotating lazy susan so you could spin the food around to you, I had never seen one before. That third floor loft was awesome, it was a tv room for us to watch movies, had a bed for my occasional sleep it off, I mean sleep over, and it’s own mini fridge, which in the 90’s was super impressive. First time I tried Thai food was in that kitchen, first time I had a martini was by that fireplace. The back gardens were so intense Todd cut the lawn with a manual powered rotary mower, there wasn’t enough grass for a real lawn mower.

Wesley ParsonsGlen Kirkpatrick I was going to mention it was the loudest dinner conversation ever, lol, a round table full of passionate and intelligent people talking about Tech, or politics, or global affairs, or ethics, or you just never knew what the conversation was going to be, just that you had better bring your A game cause it was going to be deep.

Nina Z TyrieWesley Parsons Thank you Wes , for the memories !!It was a happy home,<3

Gerrie DrydenRick this is fantastic! Many rousing card games, as well as other events enjoyed by our parents in that beautiful home! 💕Thanks for the memories. I have memories as a young girl being there. Ross says he delivered newspapers there too.It’s been beautifully renovated!

Rick RobertsGerrie Dryden I let mom know about the lisitng this morning. She was so impressed with how it is decorated. Mom always wanted to paint out all of the original wood trim but dad wouldn’t go along with it. She managed to get some done before he noticed 😉

Rick Roberts–Rick Roberts
This photo was taken the front hallway of 28 Frank Street on 28 August 1983. The pic is of my parents Elsie Devlin-Roberts and Ben Roberts dressed to attend Mississippi River Days in Carleton Place. BTW they won first prize for their historic costumes that year.

Sherri IonaVery nice home. It will sell for much more.Rick Roberts, I didn’t know you lived there . . . You walked me home in Grade 8, and it was about 2 miles one way!

Rick RobertsThis a picture taken in front of the fireplace on 28 Frank Street in 1962, soon after the fireplace was built. My parents (Elsie Devlin-Roberts and Ben Roberts) are dressed to go to a square dance.

Rick Roberts
Yesterday at 11:25 AM  · 

This is the real estate listing when my parents put the house up for sale in 1986
Rick RobertsSecond (final) page of property details from 1986 real estate listing..

Rick RobertsMarlene Springer Yes… we found newspapers (insulation) in the walls that dated it. However it is possible that the house was older because those newspapers were in the walls of the summer kitchen which may have been built after the house was built. We found them when we were tearing off the summer kitchen in the late 1960s to build the existing family room, laundry room, and what is now the exercise room. The exercise room was my dad’s workshop.

Related reading

In Memory of Jack Wilson — The Mason’s Mason

What Happened to the House and Family on Frank Street –Part 1

65 Frank Street Carleton Place

The Aitkenhead Family at 20 Frank Street in Carleton Place

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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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