2019 Homes of Character!

Spend an enjoyable afternoon on Sunday May 5th, 2019, touring five Homes of Character in downtown St. Catharines & Port Dalhousie. This year’s tour will feature homes modernized for today’s living while maintaining their historical roots. Enjoy a refreshment stop at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church on Ontario Street.


The Hart House

This historical traditional brick Port Dalhousie home was built in 1905 by the Stephen Parnall family. The beautiful chestnut wood trim, doors with original hardware, and rope & vine crown molding showcase the care that subsequent homeowners have taken of this historic home.




Queen Anne Revival

The exterior of this 124-year-old Queen Anne Revival house has managed to
retain its original majestic pine clapboard dignity. The current owners have
transformed the three floors into two living spaces – one modern with touches of
old-world charm, the second warmly in keeping with the age of the house.



The John Ross House 1869

Located in the Queen Street Heritage District, this house typifies the historical character of a thriving St. Catharines residential area of the 1870’s. The architectural charm of this two-and-a-half storey home encloses a treasure trove of antiques, art and artifacts collected by the current owners. Every piece has a tale to tell.




Queen Street Village

This downtown property has been transformed from derelict structures to the exquisite Queen Street Village, housing the homeowners, three other families and an Airbnb. You will be able to view inside the modern open-concept “Front House”, the Barn and the Airbnb and the outside of the 1890’s Cottage and ultra-modern apartments.


Historic Norris Place

Built in 1860, the current homeowners have spent the past forty years restoring this heritage home in keeping with its historic character. Paintings, photographs and collectibles are displayed in every room, complementing a unique blending of eclectic furnishings. A “secret garden” lends an unexpected sense of spaciousness, tranquility and surprise.





St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, 99 Ontario Street, St Catharines

While you are visiting the historic downtown houses on the House Tour this May, drop into another historic building for a rest and a snack.  St Thomas’ Anglican Church was completed and had its first church service in October 1879.  It is built in the Richardson Romanesque style and has many beautiful stained glass windows to view.

The Church will be open for refreshments from 12:30 – 4:30 pm on Sunday May 5th for all House Tour ticket holders.



INSIDE our 2019 Homes of Character – © Sandy Middleton Photography