Toronto has a huge stock of Georgian, Victorian, and other heritage homes. It is not uncommon for these fine structures to have had many of their original qualities removed or obscured by generations of renovations and repairs. This series of National Post articles by ERA’s Scott Weir explores a number of ideas surrounding heritage homes, and instructs on a number of different house types and architectural features to which we may wish to become more attuned.
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Beauty in disguise: Intro to a range of historical styles and their characteristics
The Georgian myth: What does “Georgian” really mean?
Our colonial inheritance: The refinement of the Regency cottage
The tiny, perfect home: The charm of the Gothic cottage
Toronto’s house next door: The bay-and-gable, a Toronto mainstay
Mansard made easy: Workers’ cottages to sprawling mansions: the Second Empire style
Torontonian to the core: The smorgasbord of the Annex House
The beauty of function: Arts and Crafts’ use of nature, skill, and quality materials
From India to Toronto: Craftsman bungalows: treat with a subtle hand
Dignified colonial: New England Dutch colonial style arrives
Land of dream homes: The Kingsway and its storybook architecture
A ranch for the suburbs: Mid-century modernism in Toronto’s suburban neighbourhoods