Old Toronto Houses

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Firefly Books, 2003 - Architecture - 304 pages
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A guided tour of the city's most interesting homes.

Urban skyscrapers and suburban sprawl identify Toronto as a typical modern city. Yet, there exists another Toronto. Rich in character, it's a hidden city of quiet, tree-lined streets, graceful houses and appealing neighborhoods.

Old Toronto Houses is illustrated with brilliant color photographs that explore the signature styles of Toronto's urban architecture. It opens with Henry Scadding's rough-hewn log house built in 1794, then progresses through the city's landmark styles: Georgian, Regency, Gothic, Victorian, Greek Revival, Dutch Colonial and art deco. In all, more than twenty architectural styles are discussed and illustrated.

The book next explores the houses of ten distinct Toronto neighborhoods including laborers' cottages in Cabbagetown, Yorkville's Second Empire terraces, and St. George Street's Romanesque mansions. Many of these older houses are beautifully restored inside and out, preserving their original character. Each one is an example of a time in Toronto's richly-diverse history.

Featuring 250 houses and 400 color photographs, this book offers a loving look at how old houses add beauty and grace to modern city.

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About the author (2003)

Tom Cruickshank is the editor of Harrowsmith Country Life magazine and worked for many years at Century Home magazine. He is the author of Rogue's Hollow and The Settler's Dream.

John de Visser's photographs appear in more than forty books including At the Water's Edge, Muskoka and Grand River Reflections. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communication.

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