Fleck House - Ottawa, Ontario
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
N 45° 25.829 W 075° 40.409
18T E 447318 N 5030993
Quick Description: The Fleck House, built between 1901 and 1903 by Ottawa lumber baron J.R. Booth for his daughter Gertrude and her husband Andrew Fleck, is located on Wilbrod Street, in Ottawa.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 2/8/2013 6:01:43 PM
Waymark Code: WMGB5R
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Hard Oiler
Views: 4

Long Description:
"The Fleck House is now occupied by the Embassy of Algeria. It was built between 1901 and 1903 by Ottawa lumber baron J.R. Booth who built it for his daughter Gertrude and her husband Andrew Fleck. It was designed by John W.H. Watts, who also designed Booth House. Gertrude Fleck lived there until her death in 1940 when it was purchased by Senator Norman Paterson who lived in it until his death in 1983. The house was bought by the Algerian Embassy in 2002 and is now used as a Chancery.

After Paterson's death, the house was bought by developers who hoped to turn it into a retirement home. These efforts fell through, however, and the house was left abandoned for a number of years. It fell victim to vandalism and water damage before being bought by local developer Robert Van Eyk in 1989 for some $1.3 million with the plan to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast. The building was zoned only for residential purposes and the city blocked this plan. A few months later, in 1992 the building was sold to Maharishi Heaven on Earth Development Corp. for just over a million dollars. They hoped to turn the structure into a meditation centre and headquarters of the Natural Law Party of Canada. Extensive renovations, reportedly costing almost two million dollars, were undertaken and the building was fully restored. In 2002 the Maharishi Corp. decided to build its own structure in Ottawa and sold the building for $2.95 million to Algeria. This was one of the highest prices ever paid for a house in Ottawa, and the highest price ever paid for a heritage home in the city."

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Link to Property in The Ontario Properties Database: [Web Link]

Building or Property Type: Residential Building

County or Regional Municipality: Ottawa-Carleton

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