This is a regular stop for Doors Open weekend, and like the primary subject of yesterday's post, it too is an embassy. The Fleck-Paterson House was built in 1901 by timber baron J.R. Booth as a gift to his daughter and her new husband, and was later the residence of Senator Norman Paterson. These days it serves as the Embassy of Algeria, and its location in Sandy Hill is ideal.
Outside in the back yard, the visitor can walk to the overlook that gives a view of the Rideau River below, and the Vanier Quarter on the opposite shore.
This building also on the property was a coach house and garage back in the day. The building behind it that you can see is the Russian embassy I showed you yesterday, quite a contrast between a beautiful structure and something that's harsh and unforgiving.
I was surprised to come across tulips in the garden as I headed that way. Usually by early June, the tulips are done, but these were still looking good.
The coach house featured several tables laid out with Algerian items and crafts, as well as coffee table books, and members of the staff chatting with people. The wooden box particularly caught my eye, and on my way out, I stopped for a cup of particularly tasty mint tea that was offered.
What an unexpected building for an Algerian embassy! Even having that Russian embassy as a neighbor is forbidding, almost creepy.ReplyDelete
It's so fun to look inside these places!ReplyDelete
Halcyon is right, love the insides too !ReplyDelete
The Algerian embassy is beautiful. And it's nice to look inside in these places (as Halcyon said).ReplyDelete
Uma bela embaixada.ReplyDelete
Um abraço e boa semana.
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros
...such a lovely home.ReplyDelete
It looks very nice inside. I wonder if that is wallpaper in the 5th photo or is it painted?ReplyDelete
The embassy buildings are rather imposing William. Perhaps these tulips were planted a little later than the exhibition tulips?ReplyDelete
Hello, they are beautiful buildings. Great tour. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!ReplyDelete
i really enjoy that round stone front ... gorgeous!! love the chandelier. ( ;ReplyDelete
Beautiful building. Love the design.ReplyDelete
@Kay: it is quite a place.ReplyDelete
@Halcyon: it is!
@Karl: me too.
@Orvokki: it is quite a treat.
@Francisco: thank you.
@Tom: it was well built.
@Marleen: it looked like wallpaper to me.
@Grace: possibly. Some of the exhibition blooms were still about at the time.
@Eileen: thank you!
@Beth: it is quite a building.
@Nancy: so do I.
Your comparison between the Algerian and Russian embassies is right on. But the Russians could do something about that if that wanted to, right? I remember drinking mint tea in Morocco when I was in the Navy. It was very, very sweet!ReplyDelete
So many of the embassies are so beautifully done. I always wonder why the US and Russian embassies look like prisons....ReplyDelete
This is both an interesting look at another culture and into an elegant house.ReplyDelete
Beautiful house and I love the all the detail shots.ReplyDelete
Lovely home, William. Thank YouReplyDelete
@Sussi: that it is.ReplyDelete
@Lowell: I have seen photos of the former Soviet embassy from the Second World War, which was on that street as well, though I am not sure if it's the same location. It looked like it fit in. This looks like a bunker. I imagine it was built at some point from the eighties on.
@Norma: well, the American embassy here isn't quite that bad, though it is well fenced.
@Red: it certainly is.
@Sharon: thank you!
@Cloudia: you're welcome.
It's good to see the big houses as is. Smiths Falls is full of old houses, back from the railway days, all broken into apartments. Such a horrid economy there.ReplyDelete
What a regal and beautiful embassy! Lovely series, William!ReplyDelete
I love the old stonework on that building and enjoyed a view on the inside. Thanks William :)ReplyDelete
That is a wonderful building, William! Mint tea! ;-)ReplyDelete
What a super building and what a surprise to find some tulips!ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
it is sure a beautiful building and hey, you found more tulips!ReplyDelete
@Jennifer: it's nice that these ones are still used in a different capacity.ReplyDelete
@Linda: thank you!
@Denise: you're welcome.
@RedPat: it was good!
@Jan: the tulips were a welcome sight.
@Tanya: I was pleased to see them.
That is a wonderfully made box.ReplyDelete
All doing very nicely in those lovely surroundings. Vintage stone work is great.ReplyDelete
Interesting to delve into rail, northern Manitoba and other great destinations, am having trouble getting my head around the low temperatures even when that experience is one reason for going there!
Gorgeous buildings, William.ReplyDelete
Would be a good time to visit...so you could take part in this wonderful event.ReplyDelete
Fantastic architect and rooms. The back of the Russian embassy is so inviting compared to the front. Loved the Algerian items also.ReplyDelete
That Algerian embassy is really a great building, the stone work is beautiful.ReplyDelete
It's a beautiful building! Nice captures.ReplyDelete
@Revrunner: I thought so too!ReplyDelete
@Carolann: I agree!
@Julia: they built the place to last.
@Janey: it is a wonderful event to take in.
@Mari: I enjoyed visiting here.
@Jan: it really is.
@Klara: it's a good use of the property.