Monday, April 23, 2018

Canada's Centennial City

I am working on a post on Canada's Centennial City. I am curious to see if any of my readers know where this is. If you do, feel free to comment below. If not...stay tuned!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Anatomy of a Plan - Campeau's Sprawling Side-Split Designs

During the 1960s and 1970s Campeau built a number of related designs of large and sprawling side-split houses. 

The designs are based on a common side-split layout from the time with the main living spaces located half a flight above the entry level and the bedrooms another half-flight above, usually over the garage. Below is the rare Madison plan, c. 1968, by Campeau that has a typical side-split design common in the 1960s.

What differs with the Campeau's designs that this post will focus on is that there is a ground level bedroom/den on the entry level where a garage would typically be located, and the garage is pushed further out to the side. The result is a commodious bedroom level above.

The earliest iteration of the plan is the Bonnechere that first appeared c. 1967.
In this version c. 1968 the ground level bathroom is moved to a space behind the garage and making the den large enough to be titled as a "bedroom".

This version c. 1969 reverses the location of the master ensuite and walk-in-closet, allowing for a window in the ensuite. 

This plan shows the very large unfinished attic space over the living level.  
A turning point for the design was when a 2 car garage was relocated under the main living level creating a new plan called the Monterey. In place of the single car garage  on the entry level is a laundry room and wet bar. Also changed is the attic level, now home to an enormous master bedroom suite with fireplace.

This version below of the Monterey has a slightly different ensuite layout with a large bathtub.

This particular plan is called the Bonnechere, but it is really a hybrid of that design and the Monterey. The unfinished attic space exists, and the master bedroom is on the same level as the other bedrooms, yet the walk-in-closet and ensuite are moved to the outside wall.
This design, called the Ashwood, Also has the master bedroom on the same level as the other bedrooms.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The X- Ray House by Campeau

Ever wonder what is behind the walls of your 1960s Campeau house? Below is a flyer for the X-Ray house that Campeau had open to the public c. 1968. Of note is the Blanchard dishwasher, manufactured by Campeau. I wonder if any of these still exist?

According to the article at the end of this post the house was in Beacon Hill, but I am not sure of the exact location within the neighbourhood.

So, step back in time and enjoy virtually visiting the X-Ray House!

Canadian Builder, March 1968

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Neighbourhood Spotlight - Beacon Hill South

This post is way overdue as a reader asked me a few months ago to do a post on Beacon Hill South, as I previously posted on Beacon Hill North.

Beacon Hill South has a number of different pockets, built by many builders starting in the 1950s. I am unsure of who the builders were in the oldest section of the area, Cardinal Heights, to the west. There are also some older custom designs in the east end. During the mid-20th century Minto and Campeau built in the neighbourhood, while in more recent years builders included Cameo, Campanale, Domicile, Larco, Richcraft, and Talos.

The largest portion of the area was built by Minto in the late 1960s and early 1970s. There are also a couple of in-fill sections that Minto built in the 2000s.

Below is an edited Google map where I have highlighted roughly where Campeau and Minto built homes. 

There are many plans and images included in this post, but I wanted to share everything I have!

I will be begin with plans for houses built by Minto during the mid 20th century. Some of these same plans were also built in Beaconwood/Beacon Hill North and other neighbourhoods across the city.  

In the northeast corner of the Minto area are the Bethamy Lane garden homes found on a previous post. 

There is a semi-detached design in the area that has a neo-Mansard roof that I suspect is a variation of the Maplewood.

Minto also built a couple of condominium developments with both apartments and townhouses:

Unfortunately, I am missing a number of the floor plans for Hillsview Towers.

The plans below are for the rental townhouses built by Minto in the area. They won a Canadian Housing Design Council Award in 1969.

Campeau Homes:
On Beaverhill Drive, near Jasmine Crescent is a small collection of detached and Semi-detached houses by Campeau:

I have posted on the Campeau Court Homes numerous times (as they are so innovative!). The full posting on the Loyola Court Homes in Beacon Hill South (and other Campeau garden home designs) can be found at 1970s Garden Homes by Campeau.