The House That William Built

3 December 2014, Chriss Coleman

William was a man that liked things just so and was very hands-on, at least according to his daughter Rosemary. It was not surprising then, that William took on the task of building a house himself.

William Chappell and his wife Elizabeth Emma Farthing
William Christopher Chappell with his wife Elizabeth Emma Farthing in front of their house at 2566 Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Photographer unknown.

Whilst scanning through piles of papers this past autumn, I came across a large pile of receipts from a lumber company in William’s old writing desk. Curious, I queried my husband’s grandmother about the mysterious pile, to which she explained they were the receipts from the house that William Chappell built.

Stamford Lumber Company receipt 1934
One of the dozens of receipts from the Stamford Lumber Company, dated 1934.

The house in question was their residence at 2566 Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. It was the house he built for he and his wife to live out their days. It was the house he shared with his daughter’s family after they moved in to care for William’s wife Emma. It was the house to which many letters and postcards were addressed. It was the house in which William died.

The house was a two story house of wood construction, with a large front veranda, and a fire place in the lounge. The upstairs featured 3 bedrooms, the master bedroom with a large walk-in closet.

Downstairs floor plan
Downstairs Plan

Upstairs floor plan
Upstairs Floor Plan

The house remained in the family until 1965 when Rosemary and her husband Herbert Laurence Walsh moved to Orillia.

George Laurence Slinn and Rosemary Chappell Walsh at home in Niagara Falls Ontario
Their Lundy’s Lane home, photo taken in the 1950s, Mrs. Rosemary (Chappell) Walsh with her grandson Larry Slinn.