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.