Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Interesting Woodstock Street Victorian - Tavistock Ontario


A lovely painted brick Victorian Italianate: The eaves, corbels, and windows are definately Italianate; although the steep roofline and gable ends suggest Queen Anne, they would be of a different material, not the same brick as the walls. Though not rare, Gable ends are not particularly common on Italianate homes, this house has three. The exception that proves the rule, perhap?


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

'Ontario Cottage' - Tavistock Ontario


What originally began as a one storey 'Ontario Cottage', had the second floor and brickwork added in the late 1800's. Ontario Cottages are generally Regency style.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Yellow Brick 'Italianate' - Tavistock Ontario


A very interesting Italianate, with unusual symmetry, and two bay windows on the front facade. I have yet to see any house like it in my travels.


Friday, December 18, 2009

Red brick 'Italianate' - Tavistock Ontario


An absolutely beautiful house, with the red brick set off by the black of the corbels, soffits, fascia, and other trim.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Woodstock Street Victorian - Tavistock Ontario


Somehow I messed up with yesterday's post, so to make up you get two pics of a beautiful house in Tavistock. I love the different windows on the front versus the side of the house, and elements of Neoclassical and Queen Anne architectural styles.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Vansittart Avenue 'Gothic Revival' - Woodstock Ontario


A stunning Gothic Revival home on one of my favourite Ontario streets. (added Jan 25 2010) Oops! This one had me fooled, I think rather it would be considered Romanesque Revival. I am obviously learning as I go!


Monday, December 14, 2009

Vansittart Avenue - Woodstock Ontario

Probably the finest example of an 'Italian Villa' in Southwestern Ontario, with a multitude of doubled corbels (brackets), two Juliet balconies, and a magnificent tower. Note the extremely shallow pitch of the roof, great in England, but less so in Ontario.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Vansittart Avenue 'Italianate' - Woodstock Ontario


A stunning Italianate house, with beautiful doubled brackets. Interestingly, a wraparound porch and bay window have been added, atypical of the traditional style, though whoever did them matched the roof pitch, so they don't look out of place at all.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Victoria Public School - Kitchener Ontario


The school's name says it all! It borrows from a number of styles including Palladian and Neoclassical, in a magnificently repurposed structure. It is now a residential condominium, with a modern five story curved addition on the back that is hidden in this view.

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Victorian 'Farmhouse' - Tavistock Ontario

Another really simple storey and a half Victorian on the main street in Tavistock. Sold recently for just over $150,000.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Courtland Avenue 'Italianate' Cottage #2 - Kitchener Ontario


The neighbor to yesterday's house. Identical in most respects, but with the addition of what appears to be an 'Arts and Crafts' front porch, the like of which appear all over the region. I think it fits because it was probably built at the same time as the house.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Courtland Avenue 'Italianate' cottage #1 - Kitchener Ontario


Everything says Italianate about this pretty little house, the roof, the windows, the brackets, and more. But what happened to the second storey? An uncommon Italianate cottage, Courtland Avenue.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Victorian - Tavistock Ontario


Of indeterminate style, this yellow brick is typical of many Victorian Era homes in Ontario. It has some Italianate elements, and some Queen Anne. A shame about the mudroom addition, but that 'sixties brick could be covered up.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Triplets - Kitchener Ontario


Three turn of the century Victorian homes, very common in Kitchener and southwestern Ontario.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Blue 'Italianate' - Kitchener Ontario


A classic Italianate, notice the shallower pitched roof than the previous Italianates I posted. For as long as I can remeber (20 years) this house hase been painted blue.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

'Bricklayers Gothic' - Tavistock Ontario


You could be the new owner of this simple yellow brick Gothic Revival cottage on the main street in Tavistock!


Monday, November 30, 2009

'Queen Anne' - Tavistock, Ontario


An absolutely beautiful Queen Anne with English Tudor influences located near the post office in 'downtown' Tavistock


Friday, November 27, 2009

'Italianate' with addition - Tavistock Ontario


The neighboring house to yesterday's illustrates an often ignored rule of making additions to historic homes: An addition should be complementary, not identical, to the original house. Perhaps the other rule is if you need more space, buy a larger house. Salt and Pepper brickwork does not match the yellow, I think it's dreadful.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Simple 'Italianate' - Tavistock Ontario


Its elegance lies in its simplicity, a wonderful Italianate style home, fairly common in small towns in Southwestern Ontario.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

'Queen Anne' on Vansittart Avenue - Woodstock Ontario


And here is another Queen Anne, in all her regal splendour! Not often seen are the half hipped gable ends with dormers, and the gothic revival tower roof blends perfectly!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

'Queen Anne' on Vansittart Avenue - Woodstock Ontario


A wonderful red brick home in the Queen Anne Style. The brickwork on the chimney and tower is fabulous! The slate shingles on the tower roof are probably original, about 125 years old now.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Hillcroft, 'Queen Anne' - Tavistock Ontario


A lovely yellow brick Queen Anne, with an interesting variation of roof pitches. Note the beautiful Neoclassical pillar details.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Daily Victorian House

Once a day (monday to friday) I will post a photograph of a Victorian House that I encounter along my travels. Any size, shape, condition, or style, just something Victorian. No identification other than street (if you are lucky) and town will be provided, and my commentary will be limited. All photographs will be taken by a Nikon D-100 Digital in fine format (6 megapixel), so you can click on them to enlarge for more detail. If you find your home among the posts found here, by all means leave a comment!