If anyone has any stories, memories, history on this house please post. It’s beside the old Lanark Era house in Lanark Village. — Erika Danielle
Comments from Abandoned – Ottawa/Gatineau & The Valley
Jessica K Levesque the man that would walk behind me with all the cats following him lived in the back of that building. It is a shame no one is doing anything with it. I have not heard of any history on it. The Lanark museum might. This was right around the corner from me.
Clara AshtonPauline Levesque I have a feeling it was likely condemned because it wasn’t structurally sound, or unsafe to live in due to all the black mold. I’ve heard through the grapevine that’s why he had to move out, but I could be wrong.
Clara AshtonCeleste Reisinger this building isn’t lived in. There’s no way. Filled with black mold. I live in the building next door, and I’ve never seen people inside it. Other than the fact the windows on the second level were opened recently. But if someone lived in here, I’d be seriously concerned for their Heath and well being.
All I know is it’s been empty a while! Although… the windows on the second level were recently opened, which I’ve never seen before. It’s filled with mold and in the winter it’s filled with snow as there’s large parts of the roof missing. It’s a shame, because our building, beside it, is so beautiful and the owners have put in so much work to restore it. This building is an eyesore and takes away from it. I have no idea who owns it, but I’ve been nosey and peeked at their electrical meter which is where our yard is. The power is still on and being used.
Michele ScanlanI spent a lot of time at the small apartment at the back of this house as a child. My godmother Jean Arnoldi and her daughter Jo lived there along with Granny Arnoldi. Wally and Liz Lance with their 3 children lived in the front part and Adam’s store was in the bottom.That was in the 50sand 60s.
Beverlee Ann Clow I remember Leslie Adam married Jack Burns. How does the Cracknel name come in here?
I certainly remember the Jean Arnoldi and Jo living there and also the Lances but I don’t recall the Adams.
It was a grocery store
Keitha PriceAdams had a grocery store in the bottom as well as the Cracknells!
Kim RichmondAdams had a grocery store on the bottom level. I remember going there as a child. Also there was a pool hall on the bottom level that Wally Lance ran this was after the store was gone. Cracknells had the grocery store after Adams if I remember correctly.
Sterling SomervilleAs a kid Living in Lanark,in 60,s I remember it was Grocery store, shop with my momout side stairs,still alot of tree’s and brush’s around many yrs now .What will they, do to it,when was it build then ? Shame that old Lanark ,not much around now, as Dairy Bar,is close down .Miss the old Store now,as was yrs ago,people also .
Joanne CrawfordI remember buying candy in there as a kid in the early ‘70’s when it was Cracknell’s store.
Muriel CraigI remember Hornell;s owed it , it was groceries then , I remember buying canned potatoes there ,when I had a room at Wilmer Barr;s and worked at Glenyar Knit , they also had a clothing store , about where the Landing is now , back in maybe 1953 -1954
Cathy Barr BrunetteI remember it as Adam’s then Cracknel’s in the store. Mrs Arnoldi, Jean and Jo lived over top of the store and the Lance’s lived on the very top floor
Paul MilottePrior to the Adams family it was operated by Phonsie Murphy.
Judy ArnottWhen I was a child(I lived at the Era) Mrs Arnoldi,Jean Arnoldi,her daughter Jo and the Lance family lived on the upper floors. The street front was Noonans grocery.Phonsi Murphy was the butcher there. Then Cliff Adam’s took over the grocery and later Cracknells. The grocery had everything you needed. Between there and the Licker Plant(Pretty Goods) there was no need to leave the village for your goods
Building in question on the left-Lanark Era building on the right
It was a pool hall
Shelley McLeodMy only memory of this place was a pool hall. In the seventies.
Judy Arnott Wally Lance had snooker tables.
Gregory C. SproulePlayed pool there. Wally Lances
Anne LabelleCharlie lance joseph lance and parents lived up top
Patrick LoftusMy Uncle Phonsey owned the store before the Cracknells and It was called Murphy’s Meat Market ( his last name was Murphy ) I also remember Jimmy Anderson worked for him and did the deliveries He would knock on your door and say ” groceries ! ” when entering Phonsey sold to the Cracknells not sure of the date probably early 60’s
When I worked there in the 50’s, Wilf and Dorothy Noonan owned it and ran a grocery store for quite a few years. Two of my brothers also worked there part time and also my sister. Phonsie Murphy owned it after Noonan and that’s where my knowledge ends because I moved away from Lanark.
John FoliotCarly Liz Brazeau I recently heard it is going up for Auction – apparently the opening bid is $28,000, but it will need plenty more than that to restore it.I don’t recall seeing many mansard roofs around the county (anyone?) which makes this kind of unique.If I had the money….
John Foliot Yes, that is the taxes owing. It is assessed at $78,000. The tax sale can be found on the township websight.
anielle DowdallRotting away is my guess. I think a fire destroyed the back apt and now it’s just falling apart.
Yes the inside is quite damaged from what I saw looking in. But it’s a beautiful gem if you look past the damage. I wish I could restore it to its original glory
Carly Liz Brazeau for sale. Needs lots of repair. I was passing through and fell in love with it and wanted to know history on it and memories. If I had the money I’d buy and restore it it’s a dream alright
Kerri Rondeau WayThe gentleman who last lived there had to move out as it was a hazard, the roof needs replaced, and can not remember all he said needed done.
Judy ArnottDiane Duncan Lanark Era was beside it. My dad printed the paper for over 20years. We lived upstairs at the back( where long veranda is) the owners, Earl and Muriel Mason lived in the main part
Jeanie MaennlingAt one point, Judith Hughes, a woman who had bought, renovated and sold a few houses in Carleton Place, decided it would be a good artist’s loft and show room. Don’t know why she didn’t continue after about two years. Sad story. I think now it is almost beyond restoration. Just like the Kitten Mill. Wish some millionaire would do a good deed for this lovely town
Jennifer JoanneI think it was a craft store for a very short time in the late 70’s. I remember going there with my mom I think. I was pretty young
Jo RintoulThere was no running water of any kind in it when we lived there 50 years ago ..and no land with it to put any in…
Judy Arnott most of the village had outhouses and drew drinking water from local pumps. A lot of houses did have a cistern so you could pump water into the house- yes it was. We got our water from there for years. That was my job once I was big enough to carry the pail. There was another one at the house we’ve been discussing but I think it went dry.
Your house is often referred to as Mrs Ballantynes, nut before she lived there she had the cutest house right on the cornerIt was pink and had a huge weeping willow tree. That was in the early 60s before they widened the intersection. There also used to be a big house on the other corner (Wilson Cteightons) in that large lot.
John FoliotJudy Arnott we’ve heard of Mrs. Ballantynes previously (did she also sell crystals and rocks?) I’ve also heard that it was once known as the Lamonte Inn (after the original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Lamonte – Mr. Lamonte passing away shortly after it was built, and Mrs. Lamonte opening the house as an Inn, presumably to make ends meet).I can hardly wait for the Lanark Museum to reopen: we’re also (fingers crossed) in search of a “historical” photo of our place.
It is being sold for taxes
John Foliot It’s an interesting lot as it is an L shape with the base of the L going behind the old Era office building
John FoliotFollowing up on Ken Potter‘s comment:https://www.lanarkhighlands.ca/…/home-and…/tax-sales
I lived around the corner and it has been empty since I was a child. Couple people have tried to live in it but otherwise empty. Deep pockets or a passion to reno would get it back to former glory. Love the style of the building.
Jo Phipps ThomasLast time I was in this building was about 20 yrs ago, a woman owned it, there’s an entrance to the second floor by a laneway that is up a hill from 511, when I walked in, I was in love, the floor was flagstones at the time, there was a large room with a step up to the kitchen, open concept, the woman wanted to open a bakery in this area of the building. The rooms at the front were a livingroom and the other room could be a bedroom. Upstairs was in poor condition but had 4 large rooms, can’t remember where the bathrooms were, then downstairs on the street level at that time was 2 stores, only one was used, but could be one store, the wall was temporary. She lost the building to a foreclosure and it was auctioned off. But I always think of that flagstone flooring.
Charles DobieErika Danielle Complete lack of parking there and heavy traffic so curb parkers would make it even worse. The building just up the road to the west across from the chip wagon used to be a bakery. It was very popular and the only reason it closed was because a drunk (I think) driver drove into it and embedded his car inside.
Diane JudgeMy Mom’s parents were Ida and Charles Darou, owned them dairy in Lanark, my grandmother Ida would order meat & food from there, and they delivered to the Darou home , next to the machine shop, which they owned as well.– read John A Darou 1905 Lanark Village
Snippy Dicey1995 I removed a large amount of trash from this building for a Mrs. Rutledge. I can confirm their are 2-3 rentals but they were ROUGH. I can also confirm the previous owner was so CHEAP that she tried to have me hammer out bent nails and use old carpeting as window treatments. Took forever to get my $ out of her. Sticks out to me because I was a teen paying $250 a month on auto insurance and I needed the $…paid me $5 a hour cash instead of the $8 a hour I was promised…MISERABLE.
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