This is the second in our ongoing feature on the blog – model homes! Where we look at various styles of Don Mills houses – as they looked when they were first built.
‘Bungalow With the Big Look: Three bedroom bungalow relies on crisp lines and generous roof overhang at front door for its cool attractiveness. Tall, narrow windows reaching the roof bring light to two street-side bedrooms. The plan is extremely compact, with small kitchen. The tiny dining area can expand into the living room when necessary, but generally speaking, the space is too small for convenience. A big fireplace, not shown on this plan, separates the livingroom and master bedroom, acting as a sound barrier between them, and clothes closets insulate the other two bedrooms from the noise in the living area. There is a full basement under the house with space for storage and recreation room. The house was sold for 17.490 in 1956.’ – Canadian Homes and Gardens, February 1959.
Architect: Irving Grossman, Builder: Planet Construction
Status of this model today: Endangered, if not completely extinct. Its’ small size may have meant this stunning mid century modern model was more susceptible to tear-down syndrome. I have driven almost all the streets of Don Mills, camera in hand, and have yet to spot this one.