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Murphy House

431 Selkirk Street South
Constructed: 1912-1919

The three-and-a-half-storey Murphy House and its grounds, filling an entire city block, were developed by James Murphy. Having gained valuable experience as a fuel contractor for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Murphy earned his fortune by establishing the James Murphy Coal Company. Construction on the home began in 1912 but was put on hold after the completion of the first storey when World War I began. The house was not fully completed until 1919. Some architectural aspects suggest that the house falls under the English Gothic and Tudor styles. The entire first floor is composed of grey limestone quarried in the Dorion area. Most of the second storey and portions of the third are constructed of grey brick. The front facade features a projecting portico (porch) leading to the main entrance. The portico, second storey bay windows and the full height of the chimneys are also constructed of grey limestone. The roof is finished with imported green Italian glaze tile roofing.

Murphy House