On Friday we had sun and I was able to park on an adjacent street facing the side of the Moodie Cottage and do this sketch. Around 1975 I lived in the little apartment on the back of the main house. This would have originally been the summer kitchen and sometime in the 1880’s or so had the Victorian clapboard second storey added. In the 70’s two local potters owned the house and fired up their kiln in the attached garage. It was a pleasure for me to sketch this one-time home of mine and relive the memories.
Below is another stone house in Belleville. It is one a row of three stone cottages on a side street in the city’s west end. Over Christmas I parked in front of this one and did this quick sketch. These were probably a group of workers’ cottages–the local sawmills and iron foundries would have been a source of employment from 1850 on. There is lots of information about the Moodie Cottage given its famous owner, but I can’t find anything on line about these three. I’ll try the County Archives and let you know. I’ve had the idea of sketching the local historic buildings for a long time and it seems 2016 will be the year. If you know anything about this one, I’d love to hear.