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U.S. Embassy residence
Home of the Week
A house that has belonged to the U.S.
Embassy for 58 years in Ottawa's exclusive
Rockcliffe Park neighbourhood. The
three-storey, 4,800-square-foot residence
has six bedrooms and four bathrooms,
and sits on a lot measuring about
three-quarters of an acre.
400 Acacia Ave.
The home has oak floors, a dramatic
entranceway with vaulted roof, and
large principal rooms with space for
entertaining. The second floor features
a large master suite and four other
bedrooms. The third floor has a spacious
bedroom, a bathroom and a study. Outside,
there is a large attached garage,
landscaped lot with mature trees,
dry-laid stone wall and a circular
Royal LePage Performance Realty (Marilyn
The home was built in 1930, and many
of the features from that era have
been left untouched over the years.
For nearly six decades, 400 Acacia
has served as the U.S. Embassy's ministerial
home, which means that the second-highest
ranking diplomat after the ambassador
resided there. But after a recent
land swap, the embassy moved its No.
2 envoy to another nearby property.
The home is located in the centre
of the old village of Rockcliffe Park
in a neighbourhood that is home to
many embassies and consulates, agent
Marilyn Wilson says.
"It's nestled very nicely into
the corner. You can't build this ambience
into any property because it's so
It was built for Mrs. Walter Bronson,
who turned out to be a rather difficult
client, according to local lore. Ms.
Wilson says architect A.J. Hazelgrove
delayed building the staircase to
the second floor until the very last
minute to prevent Mrs. Bronson from
climbing the stairs and interfering
with his work.
In 1990, the home stood in as the
residence of characters played by
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in
the film Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.
Ms. Wilson says the home is particularly
well-maintained because it has been
tended by embassy staff.
"It's a very prominent house,"
she says. "It's just one of those
formidable houses in the community."
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