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Apostolic Nunciature

The first phase of the building which came to be this Apostolic Nunciature was a house built on a land-grant in 1838-39 by Duncan Reynier MacNab, who had planned it as his “grand manor on the rock cliff.” As he died before its completion, his widow and sons, being short of money, were obliged to scale it back to a simpler one and one half-storey Regency-era British cottage-style home. The front entrance, which then faced the river, is now the back or “garden” entrance.

In 1868 Thomas Coltrin Keefer, a 19th century property developer, incorporated MacNab’s “Manor House” on the “rock cliff” as the centrepiece of a planned community named “Rockcliffe Park” which later became “Rockcliffe Village.” T. C. Keefer purchased the house in 1868 and replaced the MacNab half-storey with a full second storey with six bedrooms in the Gothic Revival villa style. Later a Victorian style wooden porch was added to three sides of the house.

In 1928 the 4.9 acre (2.2 hectare) estate was sold to Norman Wilson, Liberal M.P., and his wife, Cairine, who became Canada’s first woman Senator upon her appointment by Prime Minister MacKenzie King in 1930.

The Wilsons removed the porch and the second floor of the 1868 Keefer house, kept the original stone outer walls, added three floors, the circular tower and the two east wings, as well as a greenhouse on the west side, all in the French Provincial or “Loire Château” style. The front of the house now faced to the south, and the barn/carriage house was redesigned as the present gatehouse, where some servants lived. All the stone used in its construction since 1838 came from the same quarry east of Ottawa on the Old Montreal Road.

In 1962, after the death of the Senator, the family sold the house to the Holy See as its Apostolic Delegation, which became the Apostolic Nunciature in 1969.


 

Nonciature Apostolique


Nonciature Apostolique


Nonciature Apostolique


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Nonciature Apostolique


Nonciature Apostolique


Nonciature Apostolique


Nonciature Apostolique


Nonciature Apostolique


Nonciature Apostolique


Nonciature Apostolique