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Houses of the Gatineau Hills

The following article first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" in the November 27, 2013 issue. Reprinted with permission.

Wakefield home exudes Scottish character and modernity

by Courtney Merchand

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THE KITCHEN: The renovated retro-look is keeping with the style of its orginal construction in 1910. The kitchen was part of the original house before it was expanded into the large family home. Courtney Merchand photo.

The outside of the house may not hide its age very well, but the inside would tell you otherwise.

Shifting from a warm, inviting, wood-panelled entrance, to a more old-fashioned, spacious kitchen with sizeable windows in the back, the home seamlessly combines the style of two different decades in one quick sweep of the main floor.

Built in 1910 by Henry Isaac Cross, the house was initially just a kitchen with a staircase leading up to a single bedroom and bathroom. It was in its beginning years that the home was given the name "Cross Glen," after the owner's Scottish descent.

In 1926, the whole front end of the house was added on; the living room, dining room, and all the upsairs bedrooms were new features of the ever-expanding home.

Cross's granddaughter, Jessie Doxtater, remembers the house fondly as the prime location for family get-togethers, especially during the holiday season. Her two aunts, Grace and Viola Cross, never married and continued to live in the giant house hosting their annual Christmas parties for the family.

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THE MAIN ENTRANCE: The newer addition of dark wood trimmings combined the old world charm of the original house with the modern trends of today's rustic style. Courtney Merchand photo.

"Christmas was like a fairytale," recalled Doxtater, fondly. "The bay window at the front of the house is where the tree would go, everything was decorated and the house smelled like the amazing food my aunts cooked."

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THE FRONT: The outside of Cross Glen may reveal the house's age, but it's nothing compared to the wide double wrap around verandas on both levels of the home. Courtney Merchand photo.

Cross Glen, which sits in the heart of Wakefield village on Burnside, is hard to miss - it is a massive, 1,015 square-foot-home that boasts two-floors, four bedrooms and one bath, and two wrap-around verandas.

Daylight streams in through the bay windows, lending light to a semi-open concept main floor.

An expansive fireplace lines the living room wall. On colder November nights, it's perfect for cozying up next to with a book or for roasting chestnuts on an open fire.

The dark wood accents artfully line the archways of the main floor, which has a matching custom-crafted wooden staircase.

From that narrow stairway in the newly renovated retrochic kitchen, to the completely crooked hallway leading to the upstairs, the small quirks of the original home - with the addition of the newer section - lends Cross Glen its architectural and memorable character.


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