Friday, May 1, 2015

1970s Garden Homes by Campeau

Like Minto, Campeau also built many "garden home" neighbourhoods during the 1970s, yet with a different take on the type of house. Often Campeau-built complexes have some designs with garages intermixed with the garage-less houses.
For many of the garden home complexes built by Campeau in the 1970s there were two basic plans: a 3 bedroom unit and a 4 bedroom unit. Below are some examples of these designs.
Arlington Place (Arlington Woods) and Rothwell Ridge (Beacon Hill North)

Some of the garden homes in Rothwell Ridge have detached garages at the rear of the houses.
The same plans were built in both areas.

Beacon Heights (Beaconwood)

Some of the Beacon Heights garden homes have detached garages, particularly those backing on to Montreal Road. The house designs are nearly identical to those built in Arlington Place and Rothwell Ridge.


Monterey Court(Leslie Park)
The area around Baseline Road and Greenbank Road in Leslie Park and Redwood Park have a large number of Campeau-built garden homes. The rows have variety in materials and styles of the individual units. Most of these units are not condominiums, but have a common element or joint use agreement. Some of the houses were originally rentals, but later converted for purchase.
Similar plans were built by Campeau in other complexes across the city - even as early as the 1960s.

The designs all have a kitchen at the front:

Huntridge (Hunt Club)

In this complex Campeau's typical 3 bedroom garden home plan is intermixed with townhouses that have garages.
  The facades of the houses in Huntridge have a contemporary look with wood accents (Courtesy of Google Maps).
Foxdown(Hunt Club)
The Foxdown condominium also has a mixture of designs, some with garages and others without. The plan below is similar to the typical 3 bedroom garden home that Campeau built, but it is 3-stories tall with the garage on the lower level.



The garden home plan above takes advantage of the hillside site. The front has three stories and the back has two stories above grade with an exit to the rear yard and parking area from the second floor. Below is an image of the fronts of the houses (Courtesy of Google Maps). 

Court Garden Homes 
 Perhaps the most innovative of Campeau's designs are their court garden homes. These were built in various neighbourhoods across the city. The designs gained recognition for their innovation by the Canadian Housing Design Council and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Below are just some of the neighbourhoods built with these unique designs: 
Wedgewood (Sawmill Creek/Timbermill)

Beacon Hill Court - now called Linden Walk
(Beacon Hill North)
An air photo of a portion of the complex shows the unique intersection of units and courtyards(Courtesy of Google Maps).


Loyola Court (Beacon Hill North)

Loyola Court from the air (Courtesy of Bing Maps).
 Below is an image of the Montreal Road and Ogilvie Road intersection in Beacon Hill North. This area is exceptional as it has a very high concentration of 1970s garden homes. The complex on the right side is Loyola Court, at the centre-top is Beacon Hill Court and at the bottom right is Beacon Heights - all built by Campeau. On the west side of Ogilvie Road is the Lassiter Court development by Minto. At the bottom left is a rental garden home complex by Minto and in the bottom left corner is Campeau's Rothwell Ridge complex(Courtesy of Google Maps).
South Keys

 I actually do not have any information on this Campeau-built complex of garden homes shown below at the northwest corner of Cahill Drive and Albion Road South (Courtesy of Google Maps). What I find interesting is the layout of the complex with all of the houses pushed to the edge of the property, and with their front doors facing outward. The centre of the complex has the parking and a communal pool and green space.
If anyone has information on this complex, please let me know!

Friday, April 24, 2015

1970s Garden Homes by Minto

During the 1970s Minto built a series of townhouse enclaves with "garden homes" that do not have garages; parking is provided in communal parking lots. The houses are laid out in picturesque clusters throughout the complexes, sometimes centred on communal green spaces. Staggering of houses and different designs in a given row create a real sense of visual interest in these areas as opposed to long rows of similar houses.
By not having garages appended to the front of the houses, large main floor windows on the fronts of the houses allow for a visual connection to the neighbourhood from inside. Many of the designs have a kitchen at the front of the house overlooking the front yard.
Below is a sampling of some of the garden home neighbourhoods Minto built during the 1970s:
Stonehenge (Pineview)
Below is an air photo (courtesy of Google Maps) showing a portion of the Stonehenge neighbourhood. A few of the clusters form courtyards around a landscaped green space.
A mixture of brick, siding and pebble dash give variety to the rows of houses and distinguish individual units (courtesy of Google Maps).


Lassiter Court (Beaconwood)

An interesting aspect of some Minto complexes is that they have clusters of houses as pictured below (image courtesy of Google Maps). At the core of the cluster are four units entered from the side with four other units each attached at the corners. The site plan above shows that there are a few such clusters in Lassiter Court - even some attached to a larger row of houses.

A unique feature of some of the Minto garden home designs from this time is the inclusion of a main-floor bedroom:
Bethamy Woods (Beacon Hill South)

Some of the units built from the plan above have the window of the main-floor bedroom turned to the side - perhaps for more privacy. The result is a blank fa├žade facing the street (image courtesy of Google Maps), something that is a trademark of some older Minto designs (See Trademarks of Design: The Minto blank wall)

Dorset Heights (Beacon Hill South)
Minto built smaller versions of their garden homes in Dorset Heights. Of interest is the 4 bedroom design as the second floor is quite a bit larger than the first floor. The mansard roof does a great job of downplaying the overhanging second floor on the front and back of the houses. 
A similar 3 bedroom Minto-built design from a nearby rental community on Elmridge Drive won a 1969 Canadian Housing Design Council Award. The main floor is similar to the plan above, but the bathroom location on the second floor is different:


On the South side of Woodfield Drive in the Tanglewood area is a garden home complex where Minto built unique high-ranch designs pictured below (courtesy of Google Maps). I am not sure what the name of this complex is... 
Below are the floor plans. They are the technical drawings, so the quality is not great, but they show the general layouts with two bedrooms on the upper level and two on the lower level.

During the 1970s Campeau also built garden homes but had their own take on the design. Sometimes the Campeau garden home complexes are right next to those built by Minto. My next post will be on the Campeau garden homes.
I need a little help from my readers! There is a cluster of townhouses on the south side of Benlea Drive in the Tanglewood area that I do not have any information on. I have a feeling that they were built by Minto. There are a mixture of units - some with garages, others with carports and some without garages. Below is a image of part of the complex (courtesy of Google Maps). If anyone has information on the houses and/or the floor plans, please let me know! Thanks.