Thursday, November 25, 2010

Minto MCM Houses

Many of Minto's designs won awards during the 1960s and 1970s. Here are some great modern examples of what they built during that period.

The "Alpine"(above) and the "Cavalier" (below), won Canadian Housing Design Council awards in 1962. The Alpine is one of my favourite plans. It has a great modern design featuring a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams in the Living and Dining Rooms. These plans were predominantly built in Crystal Beach, but are also found in a few other Minto communities of the time. 

Also called the "Viking" (Crystal Beach, 1963) and the "Belmont" (Parkwood Hills). This plan c.1971 Ryan Farm and Beaconwood, as well as other Minto communities.
c.1971 Beacon Hill North.
c. 1969 Backsplit design found in Briargreen, Tanglewood, Stewart Farm, Beacon Hill.
Not a 'classic' modern design, but certainly a modern take on tradition. I especially like the blank front wall with decorative brick work. Also a Canadian Housing Design Council award winner from 1969. Built in Bruce Farm/Qualicum and Skyline North
Minto communities 1950s-1970s:

  • Bayshore
  • Beacon Hill North (Parts)
  • Beacon Hill South (Parts)
  • Beaconwood
  • Briargreen
  • Bruce Farm
  • Cityview
  • Crystal Beach
  • Fairfield Heights (Parts)
  • Fisher Heights
  • Hawthorne Meadows
  • Lakeview Park
  • Norwood (Hawthorne Meadows)
  • Parkway Park
  • Parkwood Hills
  • Ryan Farm
  • Skyline
  • Tanglewood


  1. Looking forward to a page on Ryan Farm. That neighbourhood has matured well. My parents bought a "Durham" model, centre floorplan, on Birchview Drive in 1971. CD

  2. Great idea! I will have to do an upcoming post on Ryan Farm. Stay tuned...

  3. Hi Saul,

    Any idea what type of home this is in Briargreen. Do you happen to have the floor plans.,+Nepean,+ON+K2G+0N6/@45.3372416,-75.7827446,3a,75y,72h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1su4R9w68ko7nsfjm_FR-_wQ!2e0!!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x4cce0749e08b5c53:0x3c185610a7ca4062!8m2!3d45.3373072!4d-75.7825454

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hello!

      It is the Norberry plan by Campeau, found in this blog post:


  4. Saul, I am wondering about why there are so few bedrooms in these Minto homes 1960's, like only 3 bedrooms, or 3 +1-- what is the logic behind this? I grew up in the CAVALIER model and loved it-- but that is a 4 bedroom bungalow house. Do parents put 2 kids in each room? I would personally never separate my kids and put one on another level than the rest of the family (in the 3+1 models). I'd really like to hear what people do or what the design logic is behind so few bedrooms. Thank you.

    1. Good question! In the Postwar era houses on average were smaller, thus they had fewer bedrooms. At the time it probably would have been perfectly acceptable to have more than one child per room. In more recent years having a room for each child has become the norm...but families are also smaller, so having a 3 bedroom house may work well for many families, and guest rooms are often in the basement. I hope this helps answer the question!