You drive by the Music School everyday, have you ever wondered about the history?
The Smith House was built in 1908, at a cost of $13,000, a significant sum at the time. It is Vernon’s most significant Colonial Revival villa and it was built by Samuel Cameron Smith, one of Vernon’s early and prominent residents. He owned several sawmills, lumber yards, and a sash and door factory; he was Vernon’s largest employer for many years. With its original woodwork, stained glass windows and period fixtures, we are committed to preserving as many of the original features as possible.
A large frame structure, the house is side-gabled with a gambrel roof with wide over-hanging eaves decorated with modillions. A two-storey portico with Tuscan pillars and matching semi-circular porches on either side dominates the front façade. Other fine design details include bay windows, an attached one-storey conservatory, balustrades above the porches, cedar siding, fieldstone foundation. Interior features include large rooms finished with plaster, fir and hardwoods.