The original two-storey Bickford residence was constructed in 1914 as the summer home for Colonel Harold Bickford and his family. Ranelagh Park, as the estate was also called, was a large property that extended to the Scarborough bluffs. In 1921, due to a downturn in his fortunes, Colonel Bickford was forced to sell the property.
The main building was organized in a butterfly plan, wrapping around an entrance drive and porte-cochere. The ground floor was organized around a large entrance hall with a wide wooden staircase on the left side and library on the right.