Community Spotlight: the C-Section
The C-Section is one of the smallest in Bramalea. The area has three main, but separate, groupings of houses – each with one specific type of house – detached houses on the west side, semi-detached houses on the east half, and townhouses in the northeast corner. This layout differs from other adjacent letter sections, where detached and semi-detached houses are intermixed on the same street.
An overview of past plans/maps for the C-Section show that the area was pretty much built as planned, with 3 churches and 3 schools – including one public, one catholic and Bramalea Secondary School. There is a small stretch of Clark Boulevard which runs parallel to the current alignment and is used to access the north ends of Crawley Boulevard and Cloverdale Drive. I presume this was the original roadway – especially with the 1960s-era street lights – and the current thoroughfare was built slightly north. Does anyone know why this was done? The thick black lined road shown on the map below was not built as such – instead, Clark Boulevard now runs out to Bramalea Road, and beyond.
Most letter sections have at least one shopping area (usually a strip mall), but since much of the C-Section is located just south of the City Centre area it was not necessary to build one.
An undated map I came upon appears below, and shows the A, B and C-Sections. The townhouses in the C-Section were not built when this map was made. It appears as though the map shows a bit of what was built and what was proposed, as the two apartment buildings on Balmoral Drive and Bramalea Road, built around 1964, have different footprints.
The northwest corner of the area is the location of a cluster of townhouses. The same plans were built in 3 areas of Bramalea, including the D and F-Sections. This particular enclave was called Clark Square. The plans can be found at this posting: Bramalea Townhouses. Adjacent to that area is the Twingate neighbourhood, highlighted in this posting: Twingate. The other neighbourhood in the area is Bramalea on the Park filling out the entire west side. I do not have any of the floor plans for that area – but would love to add them to this blog if anyone has them!
The Bramalea on the Park neighbourhood was built as an expensive area with larger houses, although smaller than those in Bramalea Woods, which also have larger lot sizes. According to early advertising, it was the first time in Canada that the “cluster concept” was used, where 80% of the houses in the area backed on to park land. This is done through a street design with a series of cul-de-sacs poking into parkland.
Portion of map showing the cluster layout in the area.
Toronto Daily Star, September 26 1964
Zoomed portion of the above article.
Bramalea Guardian, October 15, 1964.
Below is an article from the Bramalea Guardian in 1964 which refers to expensive areas such as the Bramalea on the Park as “snob row”.
Below is an advertisement from the Toronto Daily Star on June 10, 1967. The statement at the top of the page makes it very clear who the target demographic was for the area.
A handful of builders constructed houses in Bramalea on the Park, including the one described in this article below. One of the reasons that Bramalea Consolidated Developments took more control of home building in Bramalea was because of difficulties with some of the many builders involved in the first phases of the city.
While Bramalea Woods is still referred to by its original name, few people would still refer to the western part of the C-Section as Bramalea on the Park. Even so, it still appears to have a certain cache with higher resale prices for houses.