Ultimate Luxury in Mississauga Designed by renowned Heritage architect Joan Burt (she prepared the impact statement for the Heritage Committee).
Interior Design by Yvonne Rice. Built inside the Ravine on the side of the mountain, over looking Credit river.
In 2009 the current homeowner commenced a massive undertaking to this historically significant property.
Under the successful direction of Joan Burt, a very accomplished and highly respected historical architect from Toronto, a brilliant and unique property is now complete!
The original Bickell Estate was built by Canadas first Millionaire bachelor.
This portion of the property was the service building, often referred to as the coach house.
The elegant details of the Spanish influence are still at the centre of the design inspiration that is obvious on the exterior, and protected by history.
However, the unexpected journey into the interior of this completely rebuilt 4 level mansion is jaw dropping!
A perfect blend of classic features such as the solid oak flooring, stained to a timeless walnut finish, to the elegance of the all white kitchen with industrial sized appliances and marble features visible throughout.
The floor to ceiling windows surrounding the interior and give the impression of living in a true Tree House. Built on the side of the mountain over looking the ravine, this type of set back could never be duplicated
in todays strict conservation control.
Set over 100 feet off the scenic Mississauga Road, it delivers incredible privacy!
The interior walls were completely rebuilt with solid concrete & spray foam insulated walls...a fortress!
At the centre of it all, the architect kept a hollow opening, encased by glass panels and visible from all levels.
There are 2 contemporary light fixtures dangling from 2 floors and visible from all levels! Of course, an industrial sized Federal Elevator carries you amongst all 4 levels at your convenience.
The lower level has a 17’ stone wall, perfect for showcasing some prized artwork.
The original intention of the lower level was to host a second kitchen or bar so this was rouged in (just recently the city allowed its use).
On the “In Between” level, the glass panelled walkway float through this 17’ clearance hosting 2 of the 6 bedrooms, or to be
alternatively used as work spaces.
Totally surrounded by nature as they over look the ravine. The upper level bedrooms (The Master and 2 others), all have their own unique characteristics.
The Master is heavenly, set up with a high horizontal strip of windows, a custom stone fireplace, a true julliete walk out balcony (protected by its heritage designation with the decorative ironwork railings).
The hotel inspired ensuite has wrap around windows completely protected by nature.
All classic marble finishes, light colours chosen to not distract from the stunning views.
The ensuite walks out to the expansive sized flat roof patio, located at the centre of the top floor, like its floating above the tree tops!
Each of the other 2 bedrooms are complete with classic marble & stone ensuites.
Walk in closets of course and a convenient 2nd laundry room.
This stucco structure has a gable roof with natural colour terra cotta tiles; there is a three door garage with one window fixed pane and a six light south; the windows are casement with sandstone sills and a decorative brick lintels on the upper storey; there is decorative ironwork on the west balcony and decorative molding on the south gable.
Famed theatre architect Murray Brown designed the mansion.
The residence was completed in two phases, ending in 1923 and 1931. The structures exhibit the Spanish Eclectic style. Alexander Scott Carter, one of Canada’s foremost heraldic artists, designed the interior illumination.
Mining magnate John Paris Bickell commissioned the estate.
Bickell became a millionaire by age 30, owing to the success of a brokerage firm that he started at age 23.
Subsequently he became President and later Chairman of McIntyre-Porcupine Mines.
He also directed many different businesses, including a variety of financial, mining and theatre corporations.
He owned the St. Pat’s hockey club, forerunner to the Maple Leafs, and he helped finance Maple Leaf Gardens.
After serving on the World War II airplane supply board, Bickell directed Malton’s Victory Aircraft.
This agency manufactured Lancaster bombers for the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Bickell was an active member and supporter of the Mississauga Golf and Country Club. He was a generous philanthropist. He entrusted his estate to the J.P. Bickell Foundation.
Allen Elias Rosen and Bruce McLaughlin each subsequently owned the property.
Rosen was a mining financier. McLaughlin was a developer. He developed Mississauga’s city centre and has consequently been dubbed the “Father of the City.”
The Bickell Estate, which includes the Service Building, the tennis court lot and the main house, has cultural heritage value as a rare and unique example of the early twentieth century Spanish Eclectic style in Mississauga.
The Bickell Estate is the only example of the early Spanish Eclectic style in Mississauga.
The Service Building was designed to compliment the main house, located to the southeast, also in the Spanish Eclectic style. These two structures which form the estate, are the only example of this style in Mississauga.
The Bickell Estate has cultural heritage value because it displays a high degree of craftsmanship and artistic merit.
Exterior and interior detailing, demonstrate skill and artistic expression.
The design, massing and materials of this building, all of high quality, signify the importance of integrating a secondary building within the context of the overall estate design.
The Bickell Estate’s cultural heritage value lies in its association with John Paris Bickell.
Bickell was significant in the early twentieth century not only to the local community by also nationally.
He was known as “Canada’s richest bachelor” and is legendary for becoming a millionaire by age thirty.
He made his initial money in the brokering and, shortly thereafter the mining business.
He was President of McIntyre Porcupine Mines.
He supplied aircraft during World War II with England’s Ministry of Aircraft Production, and was President and Chairman of Victory Aricraft in Malton.
He helped finance the St. Pat’s hockey club, forerunner to the Maple Leafs, and maple Leaf Gardens.
Bickell has been inducted into both the mining and hockey Halls of Fame.
At his request the Bickell Foundation was established upon his death.
Half of its funds support the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, while the remainder fund a variety of causes including mining scholarships and artistic endeavours.
The Bickell Estate’s cultural heritage value lies in its association with its architect Murray Brown.
Brown is notable architect that designed a variety of structures.
DESIGNATION STATEMENT From the City of Mississauga;
PROPERTY HERITAGE DETAIL
Style: Spanish Eclectic
TOTAL living space: 9,087 SQ. FT.
Property taxes are $27k. Asking price $5 mln
ALSO FOR SALE:
1.4 acres building lot with sandy beach and rocks within 18,000 acres provincial park 295' on North Channel of Lake Huron
world class sailing on mainland but can be accessed by water or air only due to the fact that it is surrounded by 18,000 acres of provincial park
which is not open to public and therefore there are no roads or trails
backing into quartz covered mountains
hunting is allowed in the park according to MNR ...
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