Located at 60 Francis Street, Richmond this home was formerly known as Strathdon.
From the Richmond news column: One of the prettiest residences that has been erected of late in town is that recently completed for Mr C Lawson, opposite the house of Mr P H Ridge. We had a look over it the other day, and must compliment Mr Lawson upon the good taste he has displayed in erecting not only the prettiest cottage in Richmond, but in the general convenience and comfort arrangements of the various rooms. The walls are kalsomined in exceedingly pretty tints, the friezes and cornices all neatly picked out and coloured to match the colour on the wall. The gardens were trenced, drained, and laid out by Mr George Pullinger, late of Belmont, the flower-beds being designed in the shape of crescents, stars, &c. and are planted with 60 roses, camellias, bouvardias, &c. and climbing roses have been planted along the fence. The architect for the building is Mr G M Pitt, Tertius, and the contractor Mr Collier, Mayor of Waterloo. A neat balcony and verandah encircle the building, with tresselated tile floor, electric bells are fitted throughout the house. Altogether “Strathdon”, for that is the name of the cottage, is a most desirable one to live in.
Built for Clarence John Lawson and then passed to his wife Sarah. The home was owned by the Hutchinson family in the 1940s, the Paul’s in the 1950s and the Bowly family from 1960 until 1990 according to the newspaper article. From 1994 until 2003 the home was the property of the Thompson brothers. The building is now used as an office rather than a home.
‘Mr. C. Lawson is having a nice brick residence built, in Francis-street, near Windsor-street. Looks very suspicious, Clarry.’
Mr C Lawson’s new brick cottage is a very nice structure, and the exterior is nearly finished. The Britannia Photo Company have taken a photo graph of it, as well as of the owner.
‘Messrs Howie Bros have finished the pretty little brick cottage for Mr C Lawson, near Mr B Richards’ new residence.'
Mr. Thos Collier, the contractor for Mr. Lawson’s new residence, was in the police force at Windsor some years ago and is now Mayor of Waterloo.
Mr C Lawson, of Francis-street, has just completed an artistically arranged fernery, which will be well stocked with choice varieties of ferns and pot plants.
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