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Post 19th Century Southern Ontario Part 6: Late Victorian urban housing

19th Century Southern Ontario

Part 1: Georgian, Neo-Classical, Regency
Part 2: Gothic Revival
Part 3: Italianate
Part 4: Second Empire
Part 5: Queen Anne, Romanesque



Part 6: Late Victorian urban housing

I put this into a separate category because it can be harder to classify these houses according to one specific style. Rowhouses, townhouses and semi-detached often incorporate elements of many Victorian styles. It could probably be said that the "Bay and Gables" commonly found in Southern Ontario is its own style, but much of this would probably be called "Queen Anne."
Both Toronto and Hamilton have a lot of bay and gables and semi-detached duplexes. Semi-detached homes are also found extensively in London. There are many similarities between Hamilton and Toronto residential architecture, but many differences considering how close the two cities are to one another. One major difference is that parapeted firewalls are usually visible between units in Hamilton rowhouses, while Toronto rowhouses usually have more continuous roofs. Toronto has a lot of Second Empire while Hamilton has a more Italianate flavour. Occasionally you can find housing that is almost identical in each city.



Some Victorian streetscapes in Toronto:





















Victorian streetscapes in Hamilton:




























Victorian streetscapes in London:











Rowhouses are quite rare in Southern Ontario outside of the larger cities, but here are a couple examples:

Brantford


Chatham



Semi-detached

Toronto







Hamilton







London








Townhouses

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Hamilton
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These 1.5 storey houses with intricate carved wood gables are unique to London. There are many central neighbourhoods composed of these little houses.











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Well done. Interesting to see the slight differences from city to city.
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Wow!! Another great housing tour from you, Flar!! For a second, I thought you took a roadtrip back to Hamilton. It's nice to see this flavor in London and Toronto as well. Thanks for sharing.
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Great tour!
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These are all fabulous tours. They make me feel quite pleased to be a native and again current resident of the fine kingdom of southern Ontario.
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Nice pictures. I love the rowhouses, duplexes, and townhouses of the big Ontario cities. They're so much different than the rowhouses and similar houses in this area, yet even having rowhouses and duplexes makes it feel like just a small taste of the Mid-Atlantic region.
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flar, have you thought about a blog or a web page? These should be up permanently somewhere.
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^^I've thought about making a website but never get around to it.


Thanks for the replies. There's nothing like a solidly intact Victorian residential neighbourhood. My personal favourites are Cabbagetown in Toronto and Stinson in Hamilton.
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Row Home Heaven! Loved at the thread, all the work and the skill! Thank you!
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who knew there was anything there back then? or before the 1960s for that matter?

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but seriously that is some very sharp looking stock.
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