Monday, July 14, 2014

They don't built 'em like this anymore!

In the 1960s and early 1970s Minto built a series of large sprawling houses, on large parcels of land - especially compared to suburban lot sizes today. These houses were built in various parts of the city in communities formerly on the edge of built-up Ottawa. Today they are inner suburbs that offer proximity to downtown as well as houses that spread out over the generous land they were built on. Some are decidedly modern in style, while others are more traditional. 

Areas where these designs were built include Skyline, Skyline North, Graham Park, Qualicum, Ryan Farm, Beaconwood and Beacon Hill North. Below is a sampling of just some of these houses.

The ranch houses from this series of plans are sprawling and have modern asymmetrical facades. All three of these plans won a Canadian Housing Design Council award

Unfortunately, I do not have the exterior elevation drawing for this plan

This high-ranch design was especially suited for hilly locations to facilitate the lower-level garage:

The Canterbury and Marlborough plans are virtually identical, although the kitchen and bathroom layouts are slightly different.

The exterior drawings for the two-storey designs accentuate the horizontal nature of the houses. Notice how the second floor is usually stepped back from the first, allowing for a first-floor roof line to cut the two storey massing horizontally. Some of the two-storey plans also have the second floor tucked under a sloped roof, further accentuating the sprawling horizontal look of the houses.  

As far as I understand, the "Heritage" designs were built in Graham Park and Qualicum, and were often similar to the designs built elsewhere.

I am missing the Heritage Model "E" plan. If anyone has it, I would love to see it an post it for others to enjoy!

The following two bungalow designs have remarkably large dining rooms.
Unfortunately, I do not have the exterior elevation drawing for this plan

Unfortunately, I do not have the exterior elevation drawing for this plan

Unfortunately, I do not have the exterior elevation drawing for this plan

Monday, July 7, 2014

Booth Street Beauties

If you have ever been stuck in traffic on Booth Street near Albert Street you may have admired the row of multi-coloured houses with carports on the eastern side, plus a row on adjacent Primrose Avenue. What I find most striking about these houses are the different colours used to distinguish each unit in the row. 

The row on Primrose has a brighter colour scheme.

I am uncertain of the exact date when these houses were built, but it would most-likely have been in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The architecture is similar to other townhouse clusters built around the same time with wood siding and carports. This architecture appears to be particular to Ottawa, creating a unique local vernacular. Two blocks west of this cluster are other houses with a similar architecture, but they were built by J. Perez. I have heard that these houses were built by R.J. Nicol.

The plans for these "Painted Ladies" are unique as well, especially the way that the units interlock with each other. The 3 bedroom unit is wider on the second and third levels at the front, and actually overhangs the carport of the 4 bedroom unit next door. As such, the 4 bedroom units have a slightly narrower second floor balcony - as shown in the photo below.

The 4 bedroom units are deeper and widen out at the back. All units have 3 bedrooms and a bathroom on the top floor, but the 4 bedroom unit has a larger ground level which is where the 4th bedroom is located.

The next time you are stuck in traffic on Booth Street, or walking to or from Lebreton Flats, take the time to admire this unique pocket of houses!