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Rupert Simpson House: Historic House With Main Floor Event Space

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The Rupert Simpson House, built in 1899, emerged from a mass restoration in November. The main floor of the historic house, which includes the foyer, grand staircase, drawing room, and dining room, is now available for events.
 
The main floor is more than 3,000 square feet and is rented out as a complete unit. The space is open and versatile, with sliding pocket doors that can close off each room. The foyer showcases a reception area that can function as a bar or coat check and the grand staircase, with a window alcove at the top. The main floor also has a full kitchen for caterers.

The drawing room at the front of the house is the larger space and can seat 50, or hold 100 for a cocktail reception when the foyer space is included. Original details like the carved door and window frames, delicate lights that line the ceiling, and the bird motif on the crown moulding are all markers of the Romanesque Revival style, popular during the period. Large windows let in natural light, and the room includes a working fireplace.  

The dining room is connected to the drawing room but can be closed off with two ornate pocket doors. The space can seat up to 30 and can hold 50 for a reception when the foyer space is included. Windows line one wall, and a mirrored bar lines the other.  

Preferred caterer and event planner David Vallee organizes rentals for the Rupert Simpson House. All profits from event rentals support the Perram House, a neighbouring palliative care residence.