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A house fit for a mayor

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A home formerly owned by Sudbury’s first woman mayor, Grace Hartman, has lovingly been turned into a B&B.

 

Larry Dovigi fell in love with a pretty little white house on Paris St. near the old General Hospital years ago when he would drive past it on his way to classes at Laurentian University. When it was put up for sale a few years ago, he and his wife, Jocelyn, went to take a look inside.

“We didn’t even get to the bedrooms,” says Jocelyn. “It was love at first sight.”

The previous owner had done some tasteful renovating including installing a spacious custom-build kitchen. They had also put in a new furnace and additional living space in the basement.

The home was built in 1936 and was owned by George and Grace Hartman from 1941 to 1972. Grace Hartman was one of the first female city councillors and served as mayor for one year following the death of Max Silverman. She was mayor during the city’s Centennial celebration but was defeated in the fall election in 1967 by Joe Fabbro. As mayor, she oversaw the expansion of Bell Park and the building of the original amphitheatre.

Jocelyn consulted decorator Ceaverson Perry about updating the wall and accent colours.

“He suggested the house would make a perfect bed and breakfast,” says Jocelyn, a retired hospital administration assistant.

She and Larry, a retired teacher, have created a cosy space in the home’s basement, where they can retreat when they want privacy. There are two bedrooms on the main floor, the Grace Room and the George Room, with a shared bath. The home, located a short walk from Bell Park, also has a beautiful backyard patio.

Appropriately, the couple named their home Hartman House and began taking reservations this spring. New to the hospitality business, they look forward to welcoming guests.

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Photography by Marg Seregelyi

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