Friday, April 22, 2011

Neighbourhood Spotlight - Beacon Hill North

The Beacon Hill North area, east of downtown, has some great examples of MCM houses.
Map of Beacon Hill North
The two main builders in Beacon Hill were Minto and Campeau. For the most part, the Minto-built homes are in the centre of the community (in an area that was also marketed as Beaconwood), and the Campeau-built homes act as book-ends on the western and eastern sides. Simpson Homes also built a handful of large houses in the northwest portion. In addition, there are a few pockets of houses built by other builders, including MacDonald Homes, as a part of the H.O.M.E. Plan (Home Ownership Made Easy) – particularly on the east side.
The Campeau houses in the southwest portion of the area were marketed as being in Rothwell Village, due to their location bordering Rothwell Heights. The houses built in this area were Campeau’s larger two-storey and split-level models.

One of the Campeau designs in Rothwell Village. The same design was also built in Arlington Woods.
Another Campeau design built in Rothwell Village. I like the bottom exterior option with its MCM roof line.

Campeau also built condominium townhouses in the Rothwell Ridge complex and nearby Beacon Heights. All of the houses in these complexes are based on just 2 plans - a 3 bedroom and a 4 bedroom version.
Rothwell Ridge

Minto built larger, more luxurious houses in the northwest part of Beacon Hill.

One of the Minto plans built in the northwest part of the area.
The area to the southeast is considered Beaconwood, and has a series of complexes with condominium and rental townhouses and apartments. One of the complexes is Loyola Court featuring Campeau’s uniquely designed Court Homes. These designs were also built in South Keys, Beaverbrook, Blossom Park and Beacon Hill South.
The striking bird's eye view of the Loyola Court Homes
The plan of the court houses, showing how each unit has a private courtyard to the side.
Generally, the houses built by Minto have more modern exterior designs, while those by Campeau tend to be more traditional. Below are a few examples of my favourite MCM Minto designs and some of the less traditional Campeau designs.
A strikingly modern design by Minto

A Minto design that won a Canadian Housing Design Council Award
One of my favourite Minto plans in Beacon Hill North

A modern semi-detached design by Minto. 
In Comparison, the Campeau semi-detached houses are much more traditional is style.
Their "duette" designs, are interesting as they are only attached by the garage.

A more traditional-style Campeau design. The "Pacific Ranch" exteriors were obviously influenced by California suburban housing design of the time. They are not quite as modern as the "Ranch Modern" option.

A Campeau design with a "Ranch Modern" exterior.
During the 1960s, "Chatelaine Design Homes" were built in cities across Canada to showcase the newest in housing design and d├ęcor, and were published in Chatelaine Magazine. In 1966, Campeau Construction designed and built the Ottawa Chatelaine home in Playfair Park. That same year they also released a smaller version of the design home which could be built in some of their subdivisions – including Beacon Hill.
There were two traditional exterior options and one slightly more modern "Pacific Ranch".
In 1968, the Whitburn design by Campeau was given a Chatelaine Design award, and the house was on display in Beacon Hill.

Only traditional facades were available to choose from for this design.
By Request, here is the Campeau Lynhaven plan!


As per a reader's comment, below is the Campeau Hollyburn plan


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  2. Hello - Would you happen to have the floor plan for the Lynhaven bungalow built by Campeau in the Beacon Hill area? Thank you

    1. I have just added the Lynhaven plan at the end of the post. Enjoy!

  3. Thanks, now I know that I live in a Newport! Great blog.

  4. I know this is a bit random, but I notice you seem to have a lot of floorplans. Do you have a plan of the Macdonald Homes Durham model from 1990s Barrhaven?

    1. I do have the MacDonald Homes' Durham model floor plan. Please email me through the link in "my profile" section of the blog, and I will happily email you the plan!

  5. Fascinated that you have this blog, so much info that is of interest to so many in Ottawa! We are selling our parents' home on Cremona Crescent in Woodvale (top of Craig Henry/lower Manordale) and it has a huge lot compared to today's standard. I recall my dad saying it was a MacDonald home, not sure if you would be able to confirm that and year built? Parents weren't original purchasers, they bought it in 1979. I have researched a bit but can't find the information. Thanks for any information you can provide!

    1. Hello!

      From what I have been able to find, the builder MacDonald did construct homes during the mid-to-late 1960s in the Manordale area. Unfortunately, I do not have any of the plans by MacDonald going back that far. So, if any of my blog readers has 1960s-era MacDonald plans, I would love to see them and share on the blog!

  6. Hello - Would you happen to have the floor plan for the Hollyburn two story built by Campeau in the Beacon Hill area? Thank you

    1. I just added the plan to the end of the post!