Neighbourhood - Buildings

Reid Wilson House



Achitecture

When James Reid Wilson acquired the property from Thomas Craig in 1901, he hired an American architect named Richard A. Waite, who completely redesigned the 1882 residence. While the renovations preserved the original building materials, integrating them into the new construction, the result was meant to project a much more sumptuous and modern look, reflecting Wilson's wealth and aspirations.

As was common in high Victorian architecture, the new bourgeois home assimilated many styles: the combination is eclectic, yet visually harmonious. The conservatory and old stable, which were converted into a reception hall in 1976 on the occasion of the Montreal Olympic Games, are rare among the mansions still extant in Montreal.

The interior of the house is amazing, with its magnificent ornamental woodwork, marble banquettes, spiral staircase in the entrance hall, radiator covers carved wood, skylights, columns with capitals and many fireplaces of sculpted marble, wood and plaster.

Image : HM_ARC_000848

Maison Corby, image ancienne

18.3 cm x 12.7 cm