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Woodlea by Campeau

In the mid-1970s Campeau built the Woodlea townhouse complex in Arlington Woods. The complex won a Canadian Housing Design Council award in 1974.   The layout of the complex is unique with some designs having detached garages and an intermixing of 3-storey units. The plans shown in the brochure (completely reproduced below) are the base designs but vary throughout the complex depending on the garage location. Some of these townhouse plans are similar to (or even exactly the same as) a few of Campeau's designs in Katimavik .   The facades have a great contemporary use of wood and varying roof lines as well as a modern use of horizontal window arrangements.          

The uneven pitched roof

One of the most distinctive architectural elements to come out of the Mid-Century Modern period of architecture is the uneven-pitched roof. Typically these designs were split-level plans. Here are some plans from my collection: The Berkeley/Belmont design below is an expanded version of Minto's earlier Viking Plan, shown above.       Some designs built by Campeau: Designs by Assaly: Even in the 1970s and early 1980s, some builders continued to use an uneven pitched roof for their more contemporary split-level designs:           The other type of design that was built with an uneven pitched roof is for a bungalow to have the roof line extend beyond the house and over a carport:     By Campeau: