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 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.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Caribbean 'Queen Anne' Style - Castries St. Lucia

Originally a Doctor's home on the hillside above Castries, now a Batik workshop for the past thirty years. Generally in the Queen Anne style, with some elements of other styles. Note the castellated brickwork, as well as the Palladian arches on the first floor windows, and the Neo-Gothic arches on the windows of the second storey. Simply wonderful!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Back from the Holidays

Katherine and I just got back from Christmas Holidays in Toronto, as well as a week long cruise in the Caribbean many thanks to her wonderful parents. I did not have the intention of photographing anything down there specifically for this blog, however a couple of readily distinguishable Victorian buildings did catch my eye, which will follow here.