Miles of styles on IODE house and garden tour

Elanor Brodie

The IODE home tour will stop at this Centretown home on Elm St.

IODE Laurentian Chapter is having its 58th Annual House and Garden Tour on May 11. It is Ottawa’s oldest and longest running house tour. This year’s tour features five fine homes across Ottawa in a variety of styles sure to appeal to all.

The tour runs from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased as of April 15 at retailers across Ottawa. They are also available now online through Eventbrite on the IODE Laurentian Chapter website:

The fabulous homes are:

The home on Elm Street which was built in 1892. This Centretown middle row house on a quiet street off of Preston Street has been opened up and completely modernized. While keeping original features, natural light and wood are used throughout the home to give a contemporary yet relaxed and warm welcoming look. The home won three NKBA Ontario (National Kitchen and Bath Association) awards in February 2018.

On Rahul Crescent is a large, single, family, custom-built home (pictured left) on a prime lot which has fantastic views across the Rideau River towards Mooney’s Bay. The home has been built specifically with visitors and entertaining in mind, so every space is used to offer a variety of seating. Most of the ground floor is open plan and surrounds a central fireplace. A ground floor guest suite ensures that any guests staying overnight do not have to carry heavy luggage up and down the stairs. The IODE’s famous bake sale will be held at this location, in the multipurpose room above the garage.

Designed in 2013 by Kariouk Associates, is the Smart Technology Kenora Avenue home which has a series of linked indoor/outdoor spaces that subtly bring the outdoors in and the indoors out by employing a continuous visual and spatial gap that cuts entirely through the space. From its entertainment-sized rooms to its sleek built-in cabinetry and its commercial-grade appliances, the attention to detail is exquisite throughout.

Two Embassy residences

As well, for the first time in many years, we return to having two Embassy residences on display in Rockcliffe Park—Tunisia on Crescent Road and Algeria on Thorold Avenue.

The focus recipient for this year’s tour is the Youville Centre on Mann Ave. which inspires and educates young mothers to utilize their strengths and achieve their goals. Funds will go to purchase muchneeded new cribs for the facility.

A day out on the House and Garden Tour is the perfect way to spend time with your family, partner or best friends. It is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

For further information about the tour and to purchase tickets today, please visit the website: or call Jo at 613-842-5304.