Even with the rich and varied collection of stately Victorian homes that Saint John offers, it is still a rare and exceptional treat to come across one with as many intricate and ornate embellishments that 297 Douglas Avenue boasts. But even rarer still, it is near impossible to find one that has been cared for over the years as well as this and restored to its original splendor and charm.
This exemplary beauty built in the Queen Anne style was the passion project of local lumber baron Fraser Gregory who commissioned this home in 1900. As the area’s prominent trader in lumber and milled wood products, he employed his best carpenters and millwrights to create a lasting testament to his wealth, and to his wife Helen Gregory, whose image has been encapsulated in one of the many preserved antique stained glass windows found throughout the home.
From the purveyor of the region’s finest lumber products, one would expect no less than the finest of milled wood materials and this home certainly does not disappoint. The entire home is a treasure of hand carved trim, turned spindles, detailed transoms, and the most intricate wainscoting expertly etched by the hands of the period’s finest master craftsmen.
This muted elegance of this home is a harbinger to a bygone era replete with a fit and finish that is simply not found anymore. Antique stained glass, etched glass and crystal cut glass, immaculate millwork, solid oak floors, built-in china sideboards, original bathroom fixtures, ornate Anaglypta wall coverings featuring a sacred geometric pattern typical of the period, hand laid elaborate plasterwork on the walls and ceilings featuring decorative swags, ribs, flowers, ribbing and festoons and a working fountain in the solarium. This home is not to be missed!
This extraordinary home sits overlooking the St. John River next to Riverview Memorial Park and the historic archives of the New Brunswick Museum, this is the very best section of “The Avenue”.
This estate is situated over 3 levels and has excellent conversion potential for an income property due to the high ceilings of the basement and the 3rd level that was once used as the servants quarters. A newly built detached two car garage and freshly paved driveway complete the package. Welcome home!
To book your private showing call Katherine Bacon, Fine Homes International Specialist™ at 506-849-1678, or toll free across North America at 1-877-676-0300.