Ed Grundenberger, a furniture refinisher, built this house in 1899, where he lived with his wife and daughter. This Ontario Gothic Cottage has simple arched windows and a lovely rounded gable decoration. The elaborate portico is particularly nice with its double columns and turned balusters.
The one and a half storey cottages allowed for two levels at a lower tax rate which made them quite popular in Stratford and St. Marys. The symmetrical layout was also efficient and easy to build. This particular cottage is so tidy and pretty, one can not help but be charmed by it.
Catherine Cassidy is a Designer with Build, a construction firm in Stratford, Ontario, specializing in new custom homes and renovations.
I am a licensed carpenter,