She's stately, elegant, the 'grande dame' of High Street in
Southampton - she's the Queen Anne Revival style of architecture and is
known as, the Bowman House.
This spectacular Victorian home was built by Alfred Frederick Bowman in
1895. An astute businessman with a diversified portfolio, that included
the local tannery, Bowman spared nothing when it came to ensuring his
home was elegant and well-appointed. A two-storey, it features beautiful
wrap-around, upper and main level verandas with carved gables.
Inside, exquisitely carved fretwork, large pocket doors, a sweeping
staircase and inlaid hardwood flooring greet visitors as they enter the
grand foyer. The large bay window in the formal living room features
dramatic stained-glass and the hand-carved fireplace surround is a
one-of-a-kind, as is almost everything in the home. The living room
opens into a music room complete with a grand piano purchased in the
1930s and a formal dining room.
Everywhere you look are antiques. Exquisite tables, a buffet, beautiful
mouldings, 18 inch carved basedboards ... all add to the elegance of the
home. Even given its obvious appearance of a bygone era of Victorian
wealth however, the home is also immediately warm and welcoming due, in
large part to its current owner, Glory Anne Bowman.
Bowman's touch is everywhere throughout the home. Elegantly outfitted
bedrooms that feature hand-painted wallpaper, canopy bed, warm
Oriental-style carpets, thick down comforters and rich brocade window
treatments recall a time of opulence but, at the same time, create
intimately warm surroundings.
The Bowman House is part of the upcoming Christmas Home Tour beginning
Friday, November 20th and the decorating is a culmination of many
efforts: Bayberry's on High St., Shoreline Stone & Garden Centre,
Martin's Home Hardware, Stephanie McArthur, Party Lite, the Cham-bettes
and Southampton Red Hat volunteers, among others.
The Tour, a fundraiser hosted by the Saugeen Shores Chambettes and the
Tara Curling Club, will feature 11 homes throughout the area, each
uniquely decorated for the holiday season. Whether you're looking for
decorating ideas or simply enjoy the beauty that Christmas brings to the
year, this is the opportunity to see some of the most interesting homes
in the area.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour and are available
at the following local merchants:
Mills Home Hardware-Tara
Nicholson Design-Owen Sound
Denomy's TV and Appliance-Chesley
Cathy's Flowers 'n' Treasures-Port Elgin
Bayberry's of High St-Southampton
Becker Shoes-Port Elgin
Square Deal Neil's TV & Appliance Centre-Southampton
The proceeds from the tour will go toward the Regional
Integrated-Accessible Playground to built at Jubilee Park in
Southampton, the "Let's Play Campaign" and the Tara Curling Club.
The Tour is this Friday and Saturday (20th & 21st) ... Friday 6 - 9 and
all day Saturday.
(L) Chambette Martha Bennett, Tracey of Shoreline Stone & Garden, Getty
Horshoian and Red Hatter and neightbour, Jenny Amy, help dress the home
in lighted garlands
Greenery was added in anticipation of the upcoming Tour
Home and Garden Tour Number 7 Hart's
Home & Garden
Home & Garden Tour House Number 6 the Gill's
& Garden Home Tour Number
Five - Westenberg House
& Garden Home Tour House Number Four - George House
& Garden Home Tour House Number Three - Fatherby Home
& Garden Home Tour House Number Two - Ashdown House
Home & Garden Home Tour House Number
One - Watch Hill