Take a drive down Cobourg Street in Stratford... two houses side by side sympathetically renovated with appropriate details and colors to support their Gothic Revival heritage... nice to see. Notice how the colourful board and batten siding accentuates the vertical thrust of the walls. The second story dormers add character and curb appeal.
Better yet, take a walk! Stratford's Festival Walk is a self-guided tour of the beautiful homes and buildings en-route to the Festival Theatre beginning at Knox Church. Look for the bronze plaques to identify designated buildings and their original owners. It is amazing to live in a city for over half of your life and not notice the lovely details which make it such a unique place. It really is as easy as taking a leisurely walk.
Rory McDonnell is a General Contractor, Licensed Carpenter and Architectural Designer with Build, a construction firm in Stratford, Ontario, specializing in new custom homes and renovations.
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