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THE ARCHITECT: Design should pay tribute to location

THE ARCHITECT: Design should pay tribute to location

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THE ARCHITECT: Design should pay tribute to location

by Adrian Mauro
Chamberlain Architect Services

When it comes to designing buildings, architects need to balance numerous considerations, as well as the client’s vision and budget.

When it comes to designing buildings, architects need to balance numerous considerations such as form, function, aesthetics, site conditions and government requirements, as well as the client’s vision and budget.

When residences are built on the Ontario waterfront, conservation and environmental authorities take on enhanced roles in controlling the design and site works of the project. An example is Stone & South on the River in Gananoque, CaraCo Development’s community of residences on the St. Lawrence River.

These lovely homes are ideal for water lovers, so maximizing views of and access to the river were of paramount importance to the design.

As for aesthetics, CaraCo wanted to pay tribute to the area’s historical context, which includes the Thousand Islands Playhouse next door to the site. For this condominium to fit in seamlessly with its surroundings, we used brick and stone in complimentary colours such as terra cotta, taupe, brown and other earth tones. We call it quasi-transitional, with large windows, some with arched tops, numerous mullion treatments and a sloped roof. The look is more classic than contemporary, which speaks to the area’s existing architectural style.

An attractive component of this development is that the setback from the water opens up an extensive outdoor space where residents can walk their dogs, enjoy the views, or stroll to the marina. There is a public waterfront walkway that connects to the Town of Gananoque’s walking trails as well. Other features of the Stone & South include a grand lobby, an inviting social room with a kitchen, a fitness centre and ample parking.

Having obtained this unique waterfront locale, it all began with CaraCo’s vision of the kind of residences they want to provide for their clients. Our job as their architect was to translate that vision into a beautiful reality.

Adrian Mauro is president of Chamberlain Architect Services.


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SPECIAL REPORT: Stone & South: It's all about the View

SPECIAL REPORT: Stone & South: It’s all about the View

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SPECIAL REPORT: Stone & South: It’s all about the View

by Pat Brennan

All of the units at Stone & South, a luxury condominium in Gananoque, will have views of the St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands

GANANOQUE – It’s one of Canada’s prettiest towns, but you wouldn’t want to look at it from the balcony of your new condominium — not when there is an even more spectacular view from the other side of the building.

That’s what persuaded Burlington architect Adrian Mauro to redesign Stone & South, a luxury condominium proposed to sit on the shore of the St. Lawrence River in this resort town.

“Nearly every visitor to our sales office wanted a residence overlooking the river, not the townsite,” said developer Gennaro DiSanto.

So DiSanto, chief executive officer at Kingston-based developer CaraCo Group of Companies, worked with Mauro to create a design where all 41 suites in the six-storey building get a view over one of the world’s great waterways.

The 1000 Islands draw vacationers from across the continent, even the world, with its unique topography, history, architecture and leisure activities in this boating paradise. New York State is on the opposite shore and ships from around the world cruise up and down the St. Lawrence Seaway.

CaraCo plans to erect two condominium buildings where an old marina existed next door to the famous 1000 Islands Playhouse – called Canada’s most charming theatre. Many patrons arrive by boat and tie up to the theatre’s L-shaped dock.

The condo project is called Stone & South as it’s located at the intersection of Stone and South Streets and kitty-corner from the famous Gananoque Inn and Spa. Stone Street is named after Colonel Joel Stone, who headed up the Leeds Militia that defended Gananoque when a U.S. army squad invaded during the War of 1812. The invaders burned a supply house and stole the contents.

Although it’s a phased development, DiSanto expects both buildings will be built simultaneously, with both buildings sharing an underground parking garage. He expects sales of the second phase residences to start this year.

Occupancy of first phase suites is anticipated for late 2019 and early 2020.

Prices start at $488,900 and range up to $849,900 and that includes indoor parking. The suites range up in size to 1,547 square feet for three-bedroom residences. There are two-bedroom and two-bedroom-plus-den layouts.

To take advantage of the spectacular scenery of the area Mauro and DiSanto designed suites with floor-to-ceiling windows facing east and balconies that are eight-feet deep.

Amenities include The Upper Deck party room on the main level, which includes a kitchen, dining area, billiards table and televisions in its indoor and outdoor spaces; a fitness centre; pay-per-use executive concierge service; a lobby with an active fireplace; storage lockers; private gated and landscaped outdoor barbecue areas; an off-leash dog park; storage for kayaks and canoes; swimming and fishing docks; and visitor parking.

The area is a boaters’ paradise and purchasers at Stone & South can buy private dock spaces 30- and 40-feet long for $35,000 and $45,000 respectively.

Mariah Hamilton, sales director at the project for realtor Milborne Group, said so far half her purchasers intend to have a boat moored at their condo residence. Many of the purchasers are moving to Gananoque from Toronto and Ottawa. Toronto is 289 kilometres via Highway 401, Ottawa is 162 kilometres, and Montreal is 258 kilometres. Kingston is 35 kilometres to the west via the 401 and 30 kilometres if you follow Highway 2, which hugs the shore of the St. Lawrence River.

CaraCo Group of Companies
Stone & South

Located at 5 King Street East, Gananoque, the Sales Centre is open Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., closed Monday and holidays.




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