Sunday, July 19, 2015

1960s-1970s Campeau Semis

This post is inspired by a comment that was posted on this blog about the semi-detached houses built by Campeau in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During that time Campeau had a series of semi-detached designs. Some are only linked by garage or carport and were called "duettes" while other designs that are fully attached were called "doubles". 
The designs were built in areas that included Beacon Hill, South Keys Village, Leslie Park, Arlington Woods, Briargreen and Hunt Club Chase.
Below are pages from one of the Campeau brochures and a handful of the floor plans.
The images below in black and white are c. 1967-1969 and those in colour are c. 1973 (unless otherwise indicated). 

The Dollard design is pretty nifty, as it is essentially a detached bungalow linked to the neighbouring house by the carport.
There are two versions of the Linden with slightly different main floor plans - one more open concept (the top plan c.1973) than the older design.
The Nicolet and the Lowry (Below) have similar plans, but one is a 3 bedroom and the other a 4 bedroom design.

There are two variations of the Lowrey design - the first one shown c. 1973 has a larger kitchen made possible by relocating the powder room. The plan below it is the older version of the design. 
 The Lowrey plan lasted well in to the 1970s and was built in Hunt Club Chase,shown below, c. 1976.
The Lowrey design was eventually adapted in to a detached design called the Crestwood, shown below. Notice how the garage was pulled forward.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Woodlea by Campeau

In the mid-1970s Campeau built the Woodlea townhouse complex in Arlington Woods. The complex won a Canadian Housing Design Council award in 1974.
The layout of the complex is unique with some designs having detached garages and an intermixing of 3-storey units. The plans shown in the brochure (completely reproduced below) are the base designs but vary throughout the complex depending on the garage location. Some of these townhouse plans are similar to (or even exactly the same as) a few of Campeau's designs in Katimavik.
The facades have a great contemporary use of wood and varying roof lines as well as a modern use of horizontal window arrangements. 



Monday, June 15, 2015

The uneven pitched roof

One of the most distinctive architectural elements to come out of the Mid-Century Modern period of architecture is the uneven-pitched roof. Typically these designs were split-level plans. Here are some plans from my collection:

The Berkeley/Belmont design below is an expanded version of Minto's earlier Viking Plan, shown above.



Some designs built by Campeau:

Designs by Assaly:

Even in the 1970s and early 1980s, some builders continued to use an uneven pitched roof for their more contemporary split-level designs:


The other type of design that was built with an uneven pitched roof is for a bungalow to have the roof line extend beyond the house and over a carport:

By Campeau: