(ABOVE: File photo by Barry Gray.)
The only heritage-designed building on Stittsville Main Street is up for sale.
The brick building that’s home to Hudson Insurance at 1510 Stittsville Main Street is listed for $1.4-million. It’s also home to Robin’s Nail Salon and Studio Esthetics.
“Iconic Heritage mixed use Building in the heart of Stittsville. This all brick building with wrap around porch features a mix of office, retail, and residential units. The extra deep 464 foot lot allows for the possibility to expand the building in the future. Plenty of on site parking,” according to the real estate listing.
I really hope an investor or entrepreneur sees the potential in this building to become an anchor for rejuvenation along Stittsville Main Street.
A couple years ago, the heritage building next door was ravaged by fire and then destroyed by a wrecking ball, just as the owners of the Wellington Gastropub were getting set to open a new restaurant.
I’d love to see a restaurant, pub, or similar semi-public use for this landmark building. The heritage designation protects the exterior facade, allowing for renovations and reconfiguration inside.
Built in 1894, the three-story brick building was originally known as “Butler House”, run by S.J. Butler. It was in a convenient location across the street from the old train station in what’s now Village Square Park.
“When his daughter was killed by a train on the nearby tracks, the Butlers moved away and George Green bought the building. It became known as ‘Green’s Hotel’ after that and it even had a pool room,” writes Barbara Bottriell in Stittsville: A Sens of Place.
The building remained in the Green family’s hands for decades, according to this article in The Ottawa Journal from April 21, 1978:
One of Stittsville’s historic buildings will be rescued from collapse, thanks to the efforts of a local school teacher. Keith Rowley, a teacher at A.Y. Jackson High School in Glen Cairn, has lived in Stittsville since 1969. Recently, he purchased the old Green’s Hotel on Main Street just north of the railway tracks. Rowley says restoring the old brick sum building will take some time and he isn’t quite sure what use will be made of it. The first job is to find a tenant for the apartment in the rear of the building and then start restoring the remainder. The hotel was built in 1875 by John Cumming (sic) as the Butler House. But one of the Butler children was killed by a train and the building was sold to the Green family. It had been in the Green family’s hands until Rowley bought it.
John Cummings also built the Bradley-Craig barn and several other buildings and barns in the area.
Architecturally, the building is on the Gothic Revival style featuring a steep pitched gable roof and ornate woodwork, in particular the wooden gables at the apex of the roof and the decorative porch brackets, with medallions and stars, surrounding the porch.