Design Controls in Early Bramalea

Below is an article describing on how by 1962 one builder was put in charge of the houses in Bramalea as it was thought that the area needed to be more cohesive and for the houses to compliment each other aesthetically.001

Canadian Builder, May 1962

This next article was shown on an earlier post, but at the beginning and ending of the text it outlines how important it was to consider the colours and design of the houses in Bramalea. Notice that the architect is also the president of Westbury Homes as stated in the first article in this post.

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Bramalea Guardian, October 15, 1964

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Toronto Daily Star, May 20, 1961

An aspect of the A-Section that has always stood out for me is the fact that there is such a diverse variety of housing designs and that they are all intermixed in the area. I have always thought that this made the area more interesting. The image above depicts a particular plan in the A-Section which was one of the few daringly modern designs built in 1960s Bramalea. When Westbury Homes took over, these types of designs were not built again, and all of the houses were more traditionally-inspired, and such sweeping asymmetrical  roof lines were a thing of the past (until the zero lot-line houses built in the 1970s). Today, mid-century modern designs are celebrated, but there was a time where these types of houses were seen as passé. Through the ups and downs of architecture, perhaps the more traditionally-inspired houses in Bramalea were a safe bet. What are your thoughts?

For those readers familiar with the A, B and C-Sections, I am curious to read your thoughts on how the houses look in these sections. Do you like the variety of the first phases (the A-Section), or prefer the later phases (B and C-Sections) where the houses are more similar in design?

Please use the “Leave a Reply” section below to voice your thoughts. This blog is meant to be interactive, so I am always happy to see readers’ comments, thoughts, stories, etc. on any posting.

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