Old Ontario Houses: Traditions in Local Architecture

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Firefly Books, 2000 - Architecture - 207 pages
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It may be the industrial heartland of Canada and it may be under phenomenal pressure to keep on growing, but if you look beyond the suburbs and the skyscrapers, the province of Ontario is still rich in the past. Here and there -- in rural townships, small towns and the older parts of cities -- many of its original houses are still standing, a surprising number lovingly restored and maintained with historical authenticity in mind. Old Ontario Houses: Traditions in Local Architecture, a collaborative tribute to the past by writer Tom Cruickshank and renowned photographer John de Visser, offers a glimpse into a selection of these homes dating from the late 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, more than 150 in all. Filled with de Visser's exceptional full color photographs, the book features well-known landmarks as well as vintage houses. Their stories, told in Cruickshank's lively, appreciative voice, remind us of a bygone era and speak volumes about the values and aspirations of the province that built them.

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This is a beautiful book with gorgeous pictures. It's a great cross-section of Ontario house architecture, of the kind that I think of as "real" houses, not just ones where the architect is a known ... Read full review


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Tom Cruickshank is a history and architecture enthusiast. The former editor of Century Home magazine and the current editor of Harrowsmith Country Life magazine, he is also the author of Rogues' Hollow, The Settler's Dream and Port Hope: A Treasure of Early Homes.

John de Visser enjoys a reputation as one of the most-respected and most-published photographers in Canada.

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