Magazine article Anglican Journal

Montreal's Bishopscourt on the Market: Large House Does Not Suit New Bishop

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Montreal's Bishopscourt on the Market: Large House Does Not Suit New Bishop

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The diocese of Montreal is selling its bishop's residence. Known as Bishopscourt, the 10-room brick house on Mountain Street is on the market for $1.6 million. It has served as the official residence of the bishop of Montreal for the last 40 years.

"The new bishop, Barry Clarke, and his wife have decided that the manse does not suit their needs," said the Montreal Gazette, which reported on the listing of the 6,000 square-foot, two-storey property.

"It is a large house and expensive to maintain; it is in need of repairs; and it does not suit the style of the new bishop, nor (with its many stairs) the health limitations of his wife--hence, the decision to sell it," Archdeacon Peter Hannen told Anglican Journal. (Bishop Clarke's wife, Leslie, has multiple sclerosis and Bishopscourt is not accessible.)

Bishopscourt is "is one of the few large private residences left in Montreal's historic Square Mile, and its listing has caused a flurry of interest," he added.

Some contents of the house, including paintings and furniture, are considered part of diocesan patrimony and will be re-used at Cathedral Place, the diocesan offices, said Archdeacon Hannen.

It has been proposed that funds from the sale be kept intact, with the income from it to be used primarily to provide a housing allowance for Bishop Clarke and his wife when they move from the rectory of his former parish in St. Paul's, Lachine.

"Four bishops have called the stately four-bedroom house home," which was sold to the diocese for $75,000 in 1962, the Gazette said.

Stuart Realty Office, which is handling the listing, said the property includes three bedrooms and servants' quarters, a fireplace and two walk-in closets in the master bedroom, original oak floors, modern kitchen appliances and a wine cellar.

Several other dioceses maintain residences for their bishops:

In Toronto, the primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, and his wife Lois, moved into the bishop's residence, a $2-million home named See House, after he was elected primate, or national bishop, last May. Archbishop Hutchison was Bishop Clarke's predecessor in Montreal. Toronto had recently elected a new diocesan bishop, Colin Johnson, but he decided to remain at his home in suburban Toronto. The diocese also maintains a residence for one of its four area bishops in the northern reaches of the city called the York-Scarborough area. The other bishops receive housing allowances, according to director of planning and development Brian Mills. …

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