IODE Laurentian Chapter 57th Annual House and Garden Tour


IODE Laurentian Chapter 57th Annual House and Garden Tour

Date(s) - Saturday, May 12
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Spring across the City.

IODE Laurentian Chapter’s 57th Annual House and Garden Tour on May 12th features 6 interesting homes and gardens of varying styles across Ottawa that will appeal to people who love house tours.

Our first two homes are in the Westboro area.

The first is a wonderful home on Hillcrest Avenue that was originally small but has seen additions made to it over the years. The second homeowners added an extension for a new living room and the current owners added a second story to this extension in 2001, for a master bedroom suite. The old summer kitchen has been incorporated into the house with a side door bricked-in with glass, and the kitchen modernized with built-in cabinetry to divide some of the rooms. Windows are custom-made from fir by Lowen Windows of Manitoba with a stained finish. Outdoors the garden features a cowboy statue from Yardley’s and a water feature surrounded by the retained large trees.

Second is a modern house on a corner lot on Highland Avenue completed in 2015. Architect Alex Diaz of Arthouse Developments and Interior Designer Candice Sutcliffe responded to the desires of the owners – with an airy, open plan house, centred around the kitchen; its clean lines, limited colour palette and “rustic” fixtures expressing their taste.

The patio area is designed for outdoor entertaining and is adjacent to the kitchen. It features a very private outdoor room, sheltered from the elements but open to the pool area. The pool echoes the linear design of the whole house.

In the east end we have two homes- one in New Edinburgh and one Rockcliffe.

The first one is well over a century old and was designed and built for workers in industrial New Edinburgh and – as was common in this conservative, working class community – was inhabited for nearly 100 years by one family. Today, it has been updated and filled with eclectic art.

The Rockcliffe home is a typical house of the pre-war era 1930s building boom in Rockcliffe with an American influence on style designed by John Bethune Roper.   It has been owned for the last 20 plus years by a Foreign Service family with art throughout the house reflecting family history and various postings.  The owner’s father was a collector of antiques and many examples were brought from England both furniture and china. The home has undertaken many upgrades and some recent renovations including the kitchen, basement and back stairs.

Another home is a charming property in Alta Vista on Balmoral located on a large, treed lot which was designed and built by the owners in 1996.  This house is filled with a mixture ranging from antiques and family heirlooms to thrift store purchases and curb side finds.  The result of this eclectic blend is a house that is both interesting and easy to live in.  The gardens are large and fairly natural for both ease of care and to attract wildlife

And the last home is on Rahul Crescent.  It is an impressive light and airy house with a host of amenities, including an indoor pool and a climate controlled wine cellar, accommodates every aspect of modern day family living. The open plan home looks out the back across the Rideau River towards Mooney’s Bay and is surrounded by landscaped gardens. High quality craftsmanship and attention to detail is seen throughout the house. The owners’ ideas for the design of the house were brought to life by Marco D’Angelo of DeAngelus Contracting Ltd. Inside the front entrance an imposing large hall, created by the ingenious method of turning the staircase around 180 degrees from the traditional layout, welcomes visitors.

At the Rockcliffe Retirement residence at 100 Island Lodge Road is the Tour Hub where guests will have a chance to purchase baked goods, listen to speakers and enjoy the music of Barbershop Therapy.

At 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. there will be a representative from the Youth Services Bureau talking about helping young people in need

At 12:30 Barbershop Therapy will entertain with their music.

At 2 pm David Jeanes will be speaking about the LRT and its impact on Ottawa’s suburbs

David Jeanes is president of Heritage Ottawa and a member of the executives of the Ottawa Welsh Society and Transport Action Canada, a public transport advocacy group. He is also active with the British Isles Family History Society and several model railway and railway history associations. He is a retired professional engineer who attended Lisgar Collegiate and the University of Toronto and worked in Ottawa for many years with Bell-Northern Research and Nortel. His father, Bill Jeanes, was one of the first residents at the Rockcliffe Retirement Residence and lived there happily for five years

The focus recipient for the funds raised is the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. IODE Laurentian Chapter is partnering with them to support their Mattress Program which will ensure homeless youth have a safe place to sleep.

Tickets are $35 and will be available as of late March at retailers across Ottawa and online at

For updated news about our tour please visit our website or call Jo Brodie at 613-842-5304


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