The Russell-Christie House is an abandoned house with historical significance.
The house dates back to 1860. It was built by John “Squire” Russell, one of a dozen Scottish settlers who arrived in Canada in 1842. The house is located at 1541 Fiddler’s Green Road in Ancaster.
The area became known as “The Scotch Block” as it grew in population.
The property remained in the Russell family until 1934 when it was sold to Reginald A. Christie who resided in the home until he passed away in 1984. From 1860 until 1984 the home had only two owners.
It was later put up for sale around 2013 for approximately $2,000,000 which included a golf course on the property next door.
The farm land was used for sod.
The family allegedly lost the home to the bank. The mother was a real estate agent, the children were off in university and the father injured himself and was unable to work.
When I explored the house there was very little left inside. There were some CD’s, television remotes, school papers, a photo album and many envelopes with birthday cards for a woman named Alexa that were dated from the early 2000’s.
There was some fine construction inside the house, particularly the craftsmanship on the window bays and hand railings.
The highlight of my visit was the discovery of a Pontiac GTO in the barn. The licence plate was dated 1973.
The body was rusted, the seats and upholstery were completely trashed but perhaps with some bodywork and replacement parts this could be restored. There was also an antique sleigh being stored in the barn.
Update: The car disappeared from the barn around winter of 2016.
The barn is constructed with sheet metal, some of the metal sheets are laying on the ground and loose metal on the roof dangerously bangs against the barn.
In early 2017 the interior of the house was destroyed by arson. The current status of the house is unknown. It’s still standing but the interior has been destroyed.