Richard LeBlanc hits home run with triplets

Prospec­tive ten­ants were call­ing de­vel­oper be­fore ren­o­vated build­ings were even fin­ished

Tri-County Vanguard - - THEN AND NOW - THE­VAN­GUARD.CA

The goal that lo­cal busi­ness­man Richard LeBlanc set out to achieve has been reached af­ter he pur­chased and re­vi­tal­ized the third build­ing in a triplet set across from his of­fice on Main Street in Yar­mouth.

LeBlanc, who is semi-re­tired but main­tains his po­si­tion as bro­ker for Vic­tory Realty, bought the first and se­cond build­ings at the same time last year. How­ever, there was some divi­sion of struc­tural el­e­ments nec­es­sary be­fore the sale of the third build­ing was com­plete.

The Town of Yar­mouth’s façade pro­gram paid a small but sig­nif­i­cant part on the re­vi­tal­iza­tion projects.

Three years ago, LeBlanc signed up for the pro­gram and re­ceived $5,000 in match­ing funds to ren­o­vate his main of­fice build­ing, what is now known as the Con­sulate Build­ing, at 255 Main St. The Gothic-style re­vival build­ing was built in 1845 and is the lo­ca­tion for Vic­tory Realty and Ven­ture Mort­gage, as well as his daugh­ter’s café on the lower level – The Perky Owl. He re­ceived an ad­di­tional $6,700 to­wards the triplets.

LeBlanc joy­fully dove into the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the first two build­ings in 2017, work­ing with a colour wheel, hand-paint­ing many pieces for the ren­o­va­tion, spend­ing hours on­line search­ing Vic­to­rian struc­tures and not­ing ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures of his­toric homes in Yar­mouth.

The first, #258, be­came a rich gold with sage ac­cents; #260 was painted pur­ple, with black and gold trim. Now, #262 is now a bright red, with blue and cheery yel­low ac­cents.

LeBlanc says he didn’t want to match the other two build­ings but that the third had to work with them and be just as out­stand­ing in its own right.

Af­ter the de­ci­sion on colours he started chang­ing the win­dows and hav­ing cus­tom mill work done that needed to be in­stalled at the eaves and cor­ners. He found a cou­ple of “great cor­bels” from a lo­cal an­tique dealer and or­dered cus­tom-made Juliet bal­conies at Me­tal Pro (all three build­ings have Juli­ets and each is dif­fer­ent).

The half-dome awning over the en­trance is made of heavy can­vas and is guar­an­teed to be colour­fast for a decade.

Be­cause the busi­ness is oc­cu­pied by De­signs by Nhung, LeBlanc did not ren­o­vate any­thing in­side. The last build­ing took much less time to fin­ish than the first two as it was in bet­ter shape.

“I had to re­build from the base­ment up on the other two. This one here has been well main­tained,” says LeBlanc.

The first two build­ings are now newly wired and plumbed, com­pletely in­su­lated, with new floor­ing,

CARLA ALLEN

Richard LeBlanc says his hope in re­vi­tal­iz­ing the “triplets” is that they’ll make lo­cals and visi­tors smile when they walk down Main Street in Yar­mouth and feel good about be­ing here.

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How the streetscape looked in 1961.

CARLA ALLEN

The colour­ful triplets on Main Street.

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