Unique Houses in Toronto

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  1. junctionist

    junctionist Senior Member

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    Here's a thread for photos of interesting low-rise residential architecture in the city. I'll try to post houses of any style with some details on a regular basis, but I'm going for the truly outstanding. Everyone is free to contribute something new, of course, even if the photos aren't original. Include the address, and optionally some other details. For this, TOBuilt is a good resource.

    Barton Myers Residence, 1970
    19 Berryman Street

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    Photo by livinginacity on Flickr

    19 Berryman was designed by Barton Myers for his personal use. The interior was rather ground breaking, and has exposed ductwork and structural elements. There are two bedrooms closer to the front, and the master bedroom is linked with a bridge that spans an atrium.
     
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    Five more for today

    The McNamara House, 1923
    50 Heath Street West

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    Photo by ettml on Flickr

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    Richard G.W. Mauran House, 1968
    95 Ardwold Gate

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    Photo by Bob Krawczyk

    If the Prairie style was rare in Toronto, detached Brutalist houses like this one are rare anywhere, since the style was used mainly on institutional buildings and offices. This one was designed by Taivo Kapsi.
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    157 Coxwell Avenue, 2002

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    Photo by onshi on Flickr

    Designed by Rohan Walters, this resin-impregnated plywood clad structure does away with conventions on what a house should look like. It's 16 by 16 feet with 800 square feet of living space, and resting on four steel posts. It also features a green roof. The entrance is connected to the street with a 32 foot long bridge. The colour palette was supposedly taken from a Group of Seven painting.
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    Schatzker House, 2004
    108 Crescent Road

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    Photo by Bob Krawczyk

    Built by superkül in Rosedale, it also incorporates a large atrium, flooding the house with natural light. The unadorned stained wood panels are a distinctive contemporary touch. They'll likely require a lot of maintenance, or fade to a dull but natural colour. Also note the setting. It's Rosedale, one of the finest historic neighbourhoods in Toronto.
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    Herman Heintzman House, 1891
    166 High Park Avenue

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    Photo by Grant MacDonald on Flickr

    Combining styles from different eras is difficult. The end result could be unique and lofty, or bizarre. This house seems to pull it off, though it was easier to do in the late nineteenth century. The narrow front facade, neoclassical entrance and distinctive tower with copper roof contribute to its appeal.
     
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  3. Hydrogen

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    Nice finds!
     
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    Neat! Keep 'em coming.
     
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  5. simply Dan

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    The Richard G.W. Mauran House is very slick and has aged wonderfully!
     
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  6. Edward Skira

    Edward Skira http://skyrisecities.com Staff Member

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    Edward Senior Member

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    They are all pretty cool.
     
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    Hentzman house is cool - that turret room especially - I would shoot a bb gun at pigeons from there. Or stick a vintage telescope in the room and invite my friends and UTers to my private observatory.;)
     
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    can anyone post a picture of the Charles Pachter house on Grange Rd?
     
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    urbandreamer recession proof

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    I've got a MASSIVE amount of photos of modernist and interesting homes I've shot over the past 6 months, will add them when I have some time. See my Eglinton-Lawrence photo thread (last post) for another one.
     
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    I too have lots of these that I've noted over the years.

    My bar none favourite house in the city is 48 Heathdale Road in Cedarvale by Teeple Architects. Cedarvale has quite a few nice contemporary houses.

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    An oddity is this one on Lake Promenade in Long Branch. This street is very eclectic. I suspect many of you will hate this, but I like it in its 1970's oddness. There is another just up the road that must have been the same architect, but it not quite so good.

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    One of the least successful modern houses that I've come across, downright bizarre, is this one in Governor's Bridge. What the heck?

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    Somewhat well known and on the heritage list is the Clay Tile House in the Junction.

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    The winner in the "Postmodernism Meets Someone in need of Psychiatric Treatment" category is 102 Heathcote Avenue in York Mills.

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    I am inordinantly fond of those brown porthole windows from the 1970's, probably because few have survived. If it were up to me, I would catalogue them and put them all on the Inventory. This example on Old Colony Road I think is actually a handsome structure, considered in its own terms.

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    Charles Gane's house on Wendigo Way, bordering High Park. He is a principal at Core Architects. This isn't the best photo, but the house is quite beautiful and coherent.

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    Some amazing houses shown above.
     
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    A few more ...

    The sublime Betel Residence by Irving Grossman, on the Inventory and gorgeous. Thank God it seems to be owned by someone who recognizes its worth - it's in great shape.

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    139 Fairlawn, by Richard Librach Architects, which got a bit of press some years back. Restrained but elegant.

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    The winner in the "I want to live in an Airport Control Tower" category is 10 Elderberry Court in Armour Heights.

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    And the "Dixie Cup Architecture Award" goes to 530 Cranbrooke Avenue.

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