Every now and then something comes along and you just have to see it for yourself. Built in 1892 this building was a former Orangemen’s Lodge. It was built on a farm just down the road from where it currently sits (was moved in 1908) on to a small piece of land next to a little old cemetary.
This little piece of history is currently for sale in Trent Hills, Ontario for $70,000. It’s on a 77′ x 100′ lot surrounded by farmland. This building needs extensive renovations from the foundation all the way to the roof. It has beautiful old barn board on the ceilings, walls and floors. It has all original blown glass windows and stunning solid wood doors (including 6 doors just waiting to be hung). And although the wood burning stove is not original it does still work.
The interior is painted in various colours from being lived in over the years. There is also no well or sewer system and the hydro has been disconnected for a decade or more. Over the original part of the lodge is an attic that has access from the front entrance – you just have to climb a 20 foot ladder to get up there.
What draws you to the building is the beautiful original wood siding with it’s original paint colour slowly fading away from the years passing by. It has some fancy gingerbread cut outs on the 4 corners of the house – in need of repair and most of the window frames and sills are falling apart. There are holes in many areas of the siding and the foundation blocks (which would have been poured and set on site during the build) are beginning to crumble. Who wouldn’t want to buy this gem!
If one thing’s for sure, if I had about $150,000 I would buy and renovate this little piece of history so it can live on for another 100 years. But sadly I do not. Hopefully someone can see the potential this place has to offer and can bring it back to it’s former life. It so deserves another chance.