One of the things I promised myself that I would do this year was organize and reduce our sprawling book collection. I have already taken six bags to our local library with still more shelves to work on. Tucked away on one of the shelves was an inventory of historic Belleville houses, published in 1978 to commemorate the city’s centennial. This is a gem with lots of good information on 41 of the city’s old buildings.
I’ve been thinking for some time about systematically sketching the lovely old buildings in my city which haven’t been the victims of the wrecker’s ball. I’d like to return to the ones I’ve tried earlier and strike out looking for new ones. In the winter, I have to find ones that I can sketch from my car, or from a café window as it’s far too cold to sit outside, even briefly.This one is on Patterson Street, just beside my favourite townhouses, the Bellevue Terrace. I was able to sit in my car in a parking spot directly facing the front of this duplex. It is not featured in the inventory but I plan to go to the City Archives to learn its story.