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The cover house

When I first started this blog I wanted to choose an image of a house that really defined the mid-century modern style in Ottawa. Over the years I have had many comments on the image, with many readers saying they even recognize the house.  While many builders constructed similar models in the city, the one I chose is  from the cover of a c.1959 Campeau brochure for Queensway Terrace and Bel-Air Heights.  Campeau had a number of similar style side-split designs, but the one specifically depicted in the image is the B-21 plan shown below. So, now you know!

The final posting of Costain/Coscan plans

It has been a while since I first embarked on a project to scan and post all of the Costain/Coscan plans that I have in my collection. This is the final installment from my collection of plans that were built in Ottawa by the builder. These plans in particular were all printed as large fold-out brochures, making them tricky to scan - but I have done my best! The "Look of New England" designs were built in the Fallingbrook area of Orleans and very few were actually built. The houses are quite narrow and have protruding garages, a common design of the time. In more recent years builders have shied away from these types of houses (sometimes called "snout houses"), in favour of houses where the garages are recessed in to the facade.  First introduced in the early 1970s, the ForestWood Collection took on many incarnations over the years. Here are the most recent plans (c. 1999) in the collection buil