Doherty House

The home of 63 Rochester Street is in the Victorian Italianate style with rare porch features that celebrate the curve form. The house was built twice by Michael Joseph Doherty. Once in 1896 and again in 1900 after being destroyed by the great fire in 1900. Doherty was a CPR railway engineer for some 52 years. He was born in Belleville 1862, and raised 6 children. He originally bought the vacant lot in 1896 for $400, which was part of the original holdings of John Rochester, a mayor of Ottawa in 1888. The house remained in the family until 1950. Like so many other railway employees, he lived in Rochesterville (which extended from Lorne Avenue west to Hintonburg) because the Broad Street Station (which closed in 1918) was only a block away. Mr Doherty’s record was widely known in railway circles, including the Brotherhood of Engineers. He participated in the wheat rush in Schrieber, Ontario in 1887 and also drove a train for the Prince of Wales tour in 1928. - See more at:
Doherty House
A Celebration of Curves The front top and bottom bases and turned columns along with second floor deck and railings were rotten and replaced with exact copies of the originals. This included over 80 curved pregnant lady square-cut balusters and a rare curved front railing rejuvenating the elegance and style of this beautiful porch. Also replaced were the top and bottom floors’...More
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