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William Eckhardt House, Unionville, Ontario (1852)

Friday, April 30, 2010


Located on 'the Mountain' in Hamilton, Ontario, Auchmar is the former estate of Isaac Buchanan (1810-1883) and one of two manor houses we visited today.The estate, which was built in 1854, was named after the Buchanan estate on Loch Lomond, Scotland. The manor house is decidedly Gothic on the exterior with crenellated oriel windows, pointed arch windows and a steep, complicated roof composition.

The interior further emphasizes the Gothic feel of the exterior with a fully vaulted main floor hallway, pointed arch details, traceried doors, molded entranceways, and small Gothic details that enrich the fabric of the house.

In addition to the lavish decorations, the house reflects its wealthy patrons as it features a large dining hall, a ballroom, servants quarters and several large bed chambers.  Auchmar was most certainly built to impress and it continues to do so even to this day.

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