Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Watson's Mill - Manotick Ontario

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Alex Spratt House - Manotick Ontario

A fine example of mid-nineteenth century classical revival (or neo-classical) architecture. The colours are most likely true to the original colours, or colours used in the era of construction. If this house were located south of the border, it would be referred to as Federal style architecture. This is the house that the owners of the later named 'Watson Mill' in Manotick lived in. 


Click this link to see a photo of a magnificent Federal style house in the United States... any similarities?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Petite Queen Anne - Hamilton Ontario


Nice house... and nice car!


Monday, April 19, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Stately Queene Anne - Hamilton Ontario

A magnificent Queen Anne in Hamilton, apart from the architecturally lifeless addition to the left of the bay window, which appears to have grown through the porch roof.
The picture window revealing the modern staircase clashes with the rest of the house. I dread to have a look inside this duplexed regal lady, for what might be found.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Queen Anne - Hamilton Ontario

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Gone For A Bit

Sorry to all those 'Google Image' searchers who wind up at this site, but I am feeling a bit worn out, and am taking a break for a while.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Simple Ontario Cottage - Galt Ontario


A nice and simple Ontario Cottage, with some elements of the Gothic Revival and Regency styles. The front porch could certainly be improved however.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Magnificent Cottage - Galt Ontario


Now here is where I get a bit confused. This particularly fine example of a State Farm Office in Galt looks remarkably similar to many of the Gothic revival homes I posted just over a week ago. But is it? Or is it a wonderfully understated example of a fine Regency style Ontario cottage? Please help!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cement Block Victorian - Galt Ontario

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Red Brick Victorian - Galt Ontario

Monday, February 8, 2010

Turn of the Century - Galt Ontario


Probably an early 1900's Victorian, perhaps not even 'Victorian' at all by true definition, but I think that would be splitting hairs: A very clean, pretty, and simple house, inspired by the Queen Anne style.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Interesting Duplex - Galt Ontario

A rather uncommon duplex located in Galt. Note the slight differences between the two sides, and the impact they make, especially the painted wooden porch versus the one built of pressure treated lumber.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Victorian Farmhouse - Galt Ontario


Probably a very early house for this area, I would guess built close to the start of the Victorian Era in the 1850's or 1860's. Simple in style with some Italianate influences, now a threeplex apartment. Many homes in Galt are built from the local stone you see here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Last of Three - Galt Ontario


Last of three of these nice houses with interesting roofs. Note the similarity between the first and last, which are true to original form in virtually all details, as opposed to the second which sadly has been butchered along the way.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Interesting hipped roof - Galt Ontario


A view from the corner showing the very interesting roofline. But what happened to the nice windows? Look at the main floor right side, and upper floor left? Did someone 'improve' the living room and upstairs bath? Yack!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Partly Gabled Shallow Pitch Hipped Roof - Galt Ontario


I can't describe this home's interesting roof design much better than that, but essentially it has a shallow pitched roof, with clipped 'part gables' spanning nearly the entire width of the front of the house. The side walls have a hipped roof. Not very common, but there are three on this street.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Gothic Revival Cottage - Galt Ontario


A beautiful gothic revival cottage that seems to be located in Tavistock based on the drainage issues of the front lawn! This example is in the old town of Galt, now part of Cambridge Ontario.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Gothic Revival Cottage - near Plattsville Ontario

Now this is completely cool! Driving home from Cambridge along Regional 97 I spotted this pretty little Gothic revival cottage. It had started to snow, and I wasn't interested in stopping for a picture, but decided to anyway. Then later doing a bit of research I found a link to The Canada Farmer 1864, page 21 which, if you open, illustrates the same home as you see in the photograph!



Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Third of three - Galt Ontario


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Second of three - Galt Ontario

Well, if it isn't a late 19th century example of subdivision or 'tract' homes! Absolutely gorgeous examples of gothic revival architecture (steep pitches, gothic vergeboards), but with Romanesque window arches.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bonus weekend post!

It seems a bunch of my photographs have been popping up on Google Images (try neo gothic ontario as a search), so I figured I might better smarten up and make sure I am not leading to many persons astray with respect to information provided in this blog.

In doing so, I found the following website for OntarioArchitecture.com a not for profit website set up by Mowhawk College as a compendium of information for those interested in historical Ontario architecture. Check it out!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Simple Victorian - Kitchener Ontario


Like many of the Victorian era, this house cannot readily be described as conforming to a specific style as elements of both Queen Anne and gothic revival are seen here: A simple and charming small two storey home.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

'Gothic Revival' and addition - Kitchener Ontario


On the right is the late 1800's simple gothic revival vernacular, a common Victorian house in the area. On the left is the magnificent and recent gothic revival addition, executed in a manner which is poorly suited to the original home. Sorry, but I have to give this two thumbs down.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Textbook 'Italianate' - Kitchener Ontario


This house has a few interesting features, including stepped brick corners, as well as a stepped skirting row just under the eaves and skirting board. A really nice example of the style.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Stucco 'Italianate' - Waterloo Ontario


Another nice Italianate, though this time of painted stucco rather than brick. Unfortunately the two storey entrance addition gives the impression that this is a rooming house, as it is not in keeping with the building at all. My solution would be to rip it down and put in a larger footprint one storey entrance sunroom, or build it taller to match the roofline of the main house... oh, and get rid of the awful horizontal siding.


Monday, January 11, 2010

Impressive painted 'Italianate' - Waterloo Ontario


A very impressive Italianate, with classic features of the style: Shallow pitch rooflines, doubled corbels, and the classic low arched rectangular windows typically set in pairs.