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Inside a Toronto couple's Port Hope heritage home

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The Port Hope, Ont. home of Carl Swanston and Sarah Cashman, an 1858 Regency Villa style house they will slowly restore.

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The marble fireplace mantle. The new owners have conferred with Port Hope heritage officials about how best to preserve such details.

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The view from the widow's walk takes in neighbouring heritage homes and the Ganaraska River shoreline.

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The living room. The large house will require a great deal of renovation, a task that at first daunted the buyers. 'The first time we saw [the house] we completely dismissed it. It was so overwhelming,' says Mr. Swanston.

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The basement is atests to the home's age, showing stome foundation walls and brick-paved floor.

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The coach house reminded Ms. Cashman of the homes she saw when growing up in England.

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The carved railing in the home, built originally for lumber dealer Robert Charles Smith.

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A ceiling medallion. Initial demolition has also exposed elaborate plaster moulding underneath acoustic ceiling tiles installed by previous owners.

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Carl Swanston, Neala Swanston, 4, and Sarah Cashman in their Toronto home.

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