Toronto is having a hot and crazy summer, so what better way to beat the heat than to but on your cotton bikini or high waisted woolen swim trunks, and go for a swim at the elegant Inn on the Park? Oh, wait. Right. It’s been torn down for a car dealership. But you can still buy a vintage postcard to remember the good times that were… on Ebay!
Welcome to another in my series of posts called ‘Model Homes’, where we look at the photos and floor plans of our Don Mills homes as they were when they were built! This unusual model – one of my favourites – has a courtyard feature that isn’t found on most other homes in the area. You can see several of these models still around today, in the southeast quadrant of the Donway, on Waxwing Place, Deepwood Crescent, and Plateau Crescent. I really like the wood partition wall seen in the photo, which seems to be a feature that most modern owners have removed. The architect was James Murray, and this baby would set you back a cool 16 grand in 1955.
Bonus round: Go to my November 27, 2012 post to see how one of these looks now… or at least… looked in November!
Check out this article on Houzz (my new favourite home inspiration site) on ranch house renos. You know I don’t like any old renos. Especially to mid century homes. But there’s some decent work here. So, a little more summer browsing for y’all! And if you do decide to remodel your DM home, remember, STUCCO IS THE TOOL OF THE DEVIL. Cheers.
Here’s a great aerial photo of our newly built suburb in the 50s, mainly focusing on the Donway East and West – I can actually see my house in this one (but I’m not telling you where!). This same photo now would be so covered in trees over the houses, you couldn’t see too much. Check out Don Mills Collegiate and the oval track in the upper left corner, and the old Don Mills Center in the upper right!
These vintage Foresters building postcards keep popping up on Ebay… I’m not sure who they were originally intended for – would you really visit Toronto and send back a picture postcard of an insurance company to your friends back home? Nonetheless, they certainly do make the building look glamorous and futuristic. I almost expect to see a flying car whizz by those unusual clouds in the background!