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Old Ontario Houses

Traditions in Local Architecture

text by Tom Cruickshank

photographs by John Visser

Publisher
Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2009
Category
General, Architectural & Industrial, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554075041
    Publish Date
    Sep 2009
    List Price
    $35.00
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781552094990
    Publish Date
    Sep 2000
    List Price
    $50.00

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Description

"A testament to Cruickshank and de Visser's devotion to the subject." -- Style at Home (on the first edition).

Chosen as one of Style at Home's Top Ten Coffee Table Books.

Collaborators Tom Cruickshank and John de Visser offer a fascinating selection of more than 150 historic houses dating from the late 18th to the early 20th century.

A surprising amount of Ontario's history is revealed by the residences included in this new edition of Old Ontario Houses. Cruickshank and de Visser explore this rich history through imagery and anecdotes, and each house -- whether humble farmhouse or fabulous mansion -- tells a story about Ontario's past. The modest homes of determined settlers and the grand visions of power brokers of the day are profiled through the changing use of building materials or by the presence of architectural details.

A new architectural glossary rounds out this revised edition and makes it even easier to understand and appreciate our architectural heritage.

 

About the authors

text by Tom Cruickshank ; photography by John de Visser, R.C.A.

Tom Cruickshank's profile page

John de Visser, R.C.A. and the Grand River Conservation Foundation

John Visser's profile page

Editorial Reviews

A fascinating selection of more than 150 historic houses dating from the 18th to the early 28th century... A surprising amount of Ontario's history is revealed by the residences included in this new edition of Old Ontario Houses. Cruickshank and de Visser explore this rich history through imagery and anecdotes, and each house--whether humble farmhouse or fabulous mansion--tells a story about Ontario's past. The modest homes of determined settlers and the grand visions of powerbrokers of the day are profiled through the changing use of building materials or by the presence of architectural details.

Frontenac This Week/Kingston This Week

"A testament to Cruickshank and de Visser's devotion to the subject."

Style at Home

If flipping through the pages of Old Ontario Houses is committing the sin of coveting my neighbour's house, then I'm guilty as charged. Tom Cruickshank offers readers over 150 historic beauties in this well-researched and photographed book, and I'd be happy to own any one of them.... Cruickshank takes readers on a tour that stretches from Windsor to Cornwall and north to Thunder Bay. The chosen homes signify either the best of a style, or are simply unique, but it doesn't mean that they're the only historic homes in the area. Many towns in Ontario have a rich architectural legacy -- as a drive through Dundas, Port Hope or Cobourg would prove. Readers will love looking at the historic homes in their areas and finally finding out about the people who built them and why. Sometimes homes are cross-referenced with others of a similar nature. On page 101, Mount Fairview in Dundas is on display and that is the house I have coveted since age 5. The view from the top must be amazing.

Toronto Star

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