ItemSt. Andrews Beacon, March 28, 1912
Beautiful Residence of Edwin Odell Almost Finished
Among the stately homes of new St. Andrews there will be none more beautiful than that of Mr. Edwin Odell, which is rapidly approaching completion. Located on a level upland site, on the corner of Montague and Princess Royal streets, it commands on all sides a most attractive view. The building is of wood, two stories in height, with broad pillared verandah on the front and northern side. The style of architecture is of the colonial order.
Entering the large front door, one is ushered into a tiled vestibule, which opens into a splendid living room 22 x 26 feet. Almost opposite the entrance is a large and very comfortable looking fireplace of fine brick. There is a sitting room 17 x 15 feet, and a "den" 12 x 17 feet, on the upper side of this room. In the latter there is a fire place of handsome pattern. All three of these rooms will be finished in polished cypress.
On the lower, or southern side of the living room, is the dining room, finished in quartered oak, with a large tiled fire place. This room is 17 x 18 feet. In the rear of the dining room are pantry, kitchen, scullery and larder. Opening off the living room is a coat room, also a lavatory and closet. The main stairway, of polished cypress, leads up to the bedrooms on the second floor. There are four principal rooms, with a servants' room, also two bath rooms, (one of which is tiled), linen closet and store-room. Each room has a commodious clothes closet attached. The centre bedroom will have a door opening out on a balcony. The attic is a splendid big room in itself, well lighted. A water tank, with a capacity of 660 gallons, will be placed in the attic just over the kitchen.
Down in the basement there will be a large furnace room, coal and vegetable rooms. The House will be heated by a hot water plant, and for the present will be lighted by acetylene. It is wired for electricity when the town gets round to it. It has also water connections.
The architects for this beautiful home are Messrs. Maxwell, of Montreal. Wright McLaren is the general contractor and superintendant. The mason work and plastering have been done by C. R. Olssen; the plumbing, heating, etc., by Good will Douglass; the electrical connections by Ira Brown, and the painting by Albert Shaw. The workmanship in every case is most creditable. Although the building is well advanced, it will be some weeks before it will be ready for occupancy. As soon as the weather permits the grounds adjoining will be graded and beautified.