House faces west to view of Don Valley with Toronto in the distance. Roof overhang and tall trees shade windows in summer. Front door, left of garage, is painted terra cotta. Balcony can be reached from living room or from patio at side of house.
(Note: This article is taken verbatim from a 1959 issue of Canadian Homes and Gardens)
When Elliott and Charlotte Yarmon first moved to Don Mills, they rented a row house designed by architect Henry Fleiss. The economy and convenience of its design so impressed them that they called on the same architect when they decided to build their own house. The house Fleiss designed for them, in the custom section of the Don Mills development, has four bedrooms, about 2100 square feet of floor space. Outside, it’s elegantly clad in natural stone, cedar siding and white brick. Windows at the front stretching the full height of the house make it look like a split level or two story, but it’s really a bungalow on a sloping lot with a garage, recreation room and even main entry on ground level basement – but all main rooms are on floor above. The Yarmons wanted a room where Jim, 14, Tom, 11 and Mary, 8, could enjoy themselves withoug disrupting the rest of the house, and keep down their costs for this extra ‘living room’ by putting it in the bright basement.
Two story windows at front of Yarmon house glow after dark showing recreation room an basement level (below left), living room above it, and stairway entry (right). Front entry is to right beyond patio and opens into entry hall. Rec room has TV, piano, quiet cork floor and acoustic tile ceiling, is mainly children’s territory.
Sun-flooded entry leads up open tread oak stairway to living room above. Handsome white japanese paper lantern that hangs from the ceiling was picked up by the Yarmons in Vancouver. Hall draperies stretch full two-story height of front windows, are broadly striped in beige and white.
Living room has big windows on two sides, those at left face the Don Valley, with glass door opening to balcony.; those at right face north into grove of trees, also have glass door, which opens to dining patio. Random-width oval flooring has insets of contrasting wood and give it a handsome appearance. Cedar-plank ceiling follows slight slope of house’s almost flat roof, is inset with three spotlights over sofa. Living room draperies are same fabric as those in entry stairwell.
Fireplace of reddish-brown brick is focal point of living room. Recreation room has similar fireplace directly beneath. Living room walls are white except for cedar-planked half-wall shielding stairwell. One sofa is upholstered in turquoise, one in dull red. Oriental rug is mainly red.
Do you know where in Don Mills the Yarmon house is located, and if it even still exists in 2010? Let me know! Clues to it’s location are throughout the article, but no street name is mentioned.