Schmidtville Doors

I am temporarily hold up in a downtown condo that was built in the early 90’s. To the North, the building fronts onto the city’s busiest shopping street. There are brand new developments under construction immediately to the east and west of me (it’s a little noisy).

But step out the door and turn south, and BOOM! You are in Schmidtville!

This charming wee neighbourhood has recently – very recently, like three months ago recently – been designated a Heritage Conservation District.

Thank goodness for that! This place has the same urban density stats as Paris, proving that we do not need only glass and steel towers to improve urban density. More than that, Schmidtville’s residents provide an excellent example of economic diversity. Plus is really pretty!

Elizabeth Schmidt subdivided Pedley’s Fields after her husband, Capt. Christian Schmidt, died in 1830. The 12 acres of grazing land was purchased by her father, James Pedley, in 1781.

The houses are mainly Georgian in style, but the neighbourhood also has some Victorian architecture.

I’ve been watching this spot. Someone has dug the soil beside this house to expose a deeply buried door. They have only just filled the doorway in with concrete blocks. I wonder where that door went when the house was originally built?

I feel like there is a story there …

Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors.

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9 thoughts on “Schmidtville Doors

  1. sustainabilitea November 1, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Looks like a delightful place and a great place to explore. I love the door handles in that third shot. Someone had a sense of humor as well as craftsman expertise.

    janet

  2. Norm 2.0 November 1, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    It’s a very pretty area. I’m also fond of those door handles; very original.

    • JanetRimmington November 1, 2018 / 11:05 pm

      Haha!! I can see why. But I must say – I like ‘em.

  3. the eternal traveller November 6, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    What a pretty area to visit. The homes are so lovely. I wonder what is going to happen in that big excavation.

    • JanetRimmington November 7, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      I wonder, too!!! I’m so nosey. 😀. I must go check and see if anything has changed there…..

  4. Julie@frogpondfarm November 8, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Love those doors … and a secret one too! Gets the imagination going 🙂

    • JanetRimmington November 15, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      Makes wonder, doesn’t it. What’s the story there?? Nice to hear from you!! Hope everything is well.

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