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Fabled house had roller rink on third floor
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The Tait mansion on Colborne Street, circa 1885.

Postcard Memories is a weekly series of historic postcard views and photos submitted by Marcel Rousseau. Some were previously published by the Orillia Museum of Art and History and in the book, Postcard Memories Orillia. Look for this feature every Saturday morning!

This winter view of the Tait mansion on the south side of Colborne Street between Matchedash and Peter streets, is dated 1909. Andrew Tait owned the Tait - Carss Lumber Company at the foot of Colborne Street on Lake Couchiching. People said he could sit in his tower and watch his workmen at his lumber yard. The third floor housed a roller rink for his children. The home later became the Orillia Hotel and was destroyed by fire in 1968. This early Stereoview, published by Whiten, shows the Tait mansion shortly after it was built in 1885 for about $20,000.