Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Todd Mansion - Right here in our little town.....

The Todd Mansion was built in 1890 for the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, William Frederick Todd. Mr. Todd represented Charlotte County in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1899 to 1903. He was also in the Canadian House of Commons from 1908 to 1911. He served as 16th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick from Feb 28, 1923 to December 27, 1928.
(William Todd - Front Row Right )
He was born in this small town of St. Stephen, and occupied several positions throughout his life - farmer, lumber merchant, manufacturer, rancher, shipper, wholesaler, President of the St. Croix Soap Manufacturing Company and Politician. May 2, 1854 - March 16, 1935.
The Todd Mansion was built for William and his wife Ethel (Bolton). An architect was engaged from Boston and one of the carpenters came from Carolina. Local tradesmen who worked on the house included - Ninian Hannah and Son (architect and builder); Christie and Polley (stone masons); Arthur Polley (brick mason; Smithson Robinson (painter and glazer; and William Donovan (plumber).
The carpenters worked for two years on the woodwork which was made of southern cypress with oak and black walnut. The entire third floor was used as a ballroom and the Lieutenant Governor's flag flew from the right corner window.
The character-defining elements that best describe the architecture include: - rectangular 3 storey massing, mansard roof, wrought iron cresting, fish scale shingles, clapboard siding, rectangular windows with rounded pediments, full-height bays with Roman Arch windows, central tower located on the symmetrical front facade, molded cornices of both roof-lines and separating first and second floors, scrolled brackets, and full-width front veranda with numerous paired pillars.
This three storey house, was one of the most important commissions of the 19th century New Brunswick. It was a classic example of the Second Empire style, popular in the 1860's to 1880's.  The house was sold and chopped up into apartments for St. Stephen University Students and locals. With it's soft lit yard n rooms, 
this is a great place to venture by on Halloween. I live just around the corner, so I walk by almost every day - one cannot "just walk by The Todd Mansion", 
without glancing up at the magnificence of its structure.


DJan said...

What a neat place to have right in your own back yard, practically! Thank for the history lesson. :-)

biebkriebels said...

This is so beautiful, it looks almost like a palace. I like the colour, it is so special, you don't see that here. You can be proud of such a building to have so close by. Interesting story about the history too.

Red said...

Yes this would catch your attention. I think people put more effort and care into their houses at that time. they paid money for architects so that they had a very attractive house. You've done a lot of research on the history of this house.

ChaM_My said...

The mansion is so interesting. Are there still people living there? :)

Jim said...