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Ontario architecture: A guide to styles and…

Ontario architecture: A guide to styles and building terms, 1784 to the…

by John J. G. Blumenson

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A great book - exactly what it says, a guide to Ontario architecture from the late 1700s to 1990. Although the copyright date is 1990, some pictures appear much older, and where necessary (when a building has been demolished) he uses archival photos.

Thousands of black-and-white pictures illustrate the styles, from Georgian to Post-Modern. Covers all kinds of structures, from the obvious houses to office and government buildings, but also a gas station and several utilities.

I was looking for the proper name of the type of house I think of as an "Ontario cottage", but the basic style of a center gable seems to belong to various styles - Neoclassical, Regency, often Gothic Revival - depending on the windows and trim.

A valuable reference book, but also excellent for browsing. Very fun to look for town names and say "I recognize that house!"; or in my case, "hey, that's my high school!".
  kirstenn | Aug 2, 2010 |
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