The Kanata Academy held a groundbreaking ceremony at their new location at 180 Huntmar Road on Wednesday evening. The school is currently located in the Beaverbrook Mall in Kanata and has 104 students from preschool to Grade 12. They’re planning to move to Stittsville by January 2017 and looking forward to being in their own building.
The school will be on a two-acre property that was formerly a house, and before that part of a large farm known as Glen Eden. The academy purchased the property in July 2015 from the stepfather of a student.
“WE BOUGHT A BEAUTIFUL SEVEN-GABLE FARMHOUSE ON THE PROPERTY IN 1975 with a view to upgrading it however, we found the frame too far gone. We have some photos and some history of the farmhouse and its owners, the James family,” wrote Gordon and Heather Walt in an email to me earlier this month, after the home they lived in at 180 Huntmar was demolished to make way for a private school and medical offices.
“We moved out in 1978, had the farmhouse demolished by a friend and built the new house ourselves in 1979. We lived there with our four sons until 2003. It was bought by the Nautical Land Group and used as an office. We managed to rescue a stained glass window from the house on Tuesday morning as a souvenir of our 24 years in the house which we built. There are lots of good memories of our time there.”
I wanted to hear more about those memories, and what they knew about the history of the property. So I got in touch with the Walt’s and had tea with Gordon at the Walt home in Amberwood last week.
It’s amazing how a house that’s stood for decade can be gone in just a few hours.
The white house with the green shutters at 180 Huntmar was standing when I drove by it on Tuesday night. By Wednesday morning at 9:00am, all that was left was a foundation and some wooden beams. By dinner time tonight, the foundation was all that was left. Continue reading →