The E-Section

Community Spotlight: the E-Section

The E-Section is one of the areas of Bramalea that I know the least about – even though it is one of the smallest letter sections.

At the core of the E-Section is Earnscliffe Park – the largest park in Bramalea south of Queen Street. On the eastern border of the section is Eastbourne Park, separating the residential area from a small commercial/light-industrial area along Torbram Road. In true early Bramalea form, all three of the schools in the area are located adjacent to parkland and pathways – so students can walk to school without having to walk along busy roads. A series of paths weave their way throughout the area and along a greenbelt parallel to Clark Boulevard.

Two churches, a Masonic Temple, a recreation centre and a shopping centre are all located in the neighbourhood. In many ways the E-Section is a perfect example of the original vision for Bramalea by providing places to live, work, shop, learn, worship and play. It also has a wide variety of housing types including rental apartments, townhouses, semi-detached and detached houses.

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Map of the E-section showing the neighbourhoods within the area.

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Map from the 1969 Master Plan.

Many of the houses in the E-section were built under the Ontario government’s Home Ownership Made Easy (H.O.M.E.) Plan. Some of the semi-detached houses in the area appear to be those featured in this flyer:

41 of the houses on Epsom Downs Drive were actually moved from Etobicoke to make way for the widening of HWY 27:

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Toronto Daily Star, August 12, 1968

At the corner of Bramalea Road and Clark Boulevard is a townhouse complex that today is called Eden Park Estates, but the area was marketed as Coventry Gardens when first built:

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Toronto Star, June 6, 1970

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Toronto Star, November 7, 1970

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The houses in Eden Park Estate appear to be split level designs (image courtesy of Google Maps).

In the northeast corner of the area (Ellerslie Road, Ellis Drive, Enderby Crescent and Enmount Drive) is a townhouse complex that I actually do not know anything about – so please let me know if you can pass on some information.

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The air photo shows how lush the townhouse complex is with all of the mature trees! (image courtesy of Google Maps).

A vacant strip of land along Torbram Road behind Enmount Drive is the location of a Habitat for Humanity in-fill housing project.

On the east side of the E-Section are two rental apartment towers, originally called Williamsquare Apartments.

As mentioned, the E-Section is one of the areas I know the least about and I actually do not have any floor plans for the houses. If you want to pass on any information, stories or plans for the E-Section, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Skyscraper Suburb, Part One: The K-Section

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 Courtesy of Google Maps

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Courtesy of Bing Maps

I have often thought about how unique Bramalea is as a suburb, especially in the visual sense. One thing that stands out at the most striking aspect of how different Bramalea is are the number of tall buildings – or skyscrapers – in the centre of the area. This is something that most suburban communities do not have. Mississauga’s downtown area has recently been undergoing a skyscraper boom, but Bramalea had one that started back in the 1970s.

This is the first part of an exploration of Bramalea as a “Skyscraper Suburb”. The first instalment is about the area east of the Bramalea City Centre: the K-Section. There 12 tall buildings that tower over the area. Interestingly, there are also 12 towers in the Lisa Street area to the west of the City Centre, which also forms another dense cluster. These book-ends to “downtown” Bramalea will be explored separately.

Although the density of the tall towers is more akin to an urban setting, the large swaths of land surrounding the buildings sets them apart from the landscape of larger downtown cores. This concept has roots dating back to the 1920s and the famous architect Le Corbusier’s designs for “towers in a park”. Countless suburban towers have been built this way in many countries. In some areas the land around these tall towers is now being filled in with housing, stores, or more appealing outdoor spaces that can be used for festivals and gatherings. Maybe similar re-developments are in store for Bramalea?

There is an interesting juxtaposition between the visual horizontality of the single-family homes (especially the bungalows in the older sections of Bramalea) and the verticality of the towers reaching up to the sky.

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Bramalea 097A couple of photos I took back in 2006.

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The Bramalea Skyline from HWY 410. Courtesy of Google Maps.

 Many of the buildings look quite similar and are plain on the exterior, but these 1970s-era buildings often have very large units – especially compared to condos built today. Unfortunately I do not have any floor plans for the buildings in the K-Section (except for a couple as shown in the advertisements). I do however have an interest in condominiums built in the 1970s and have a collection of floor plans for buildings in Ottawa from that time period posted on my Ottawa blog: Mid Century Modern Condos and Experiential Design.

Some of the buildings in Bramalea were rentals first and then sold as lower-priced condominium units later.

 Many of the buildings have different names from when they were first marketed, so I am unsure of which buildings in the ads below correspond with the current names. At the end of the post is a list of the buildings and their current names.

Below are a series of advertisements and articles on the various condominium towers built in the K-Section:

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 Toronto Star, February 15, 1975

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Toronto Star, February 22, 1975 c75mar29

Toronto Star, March 29, 1975 e75apr19

Toronto Star, April 19, 1975 f75may24

Toronto Star, May 24, 1975 g75jun7

Toronto Star, June 7, 1975 h75jun14

Toronto Star, June 14, 1975 i75aug9

Toronto Star, August 9, 1975 j75dec6

Toronto Star, December 6, 1975

The building below is a rental building, which presumably was one of the buildings to be converted in to condominiums in the 1980s.

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Toronto Star, December 27, 1975

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Toronto Star, February 4, 1978m81jun20

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Toronto Star, September 12, 1981 p081oct3

Toronto Star, October 3, 1981

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Toronto Star, January 9, 1982r82jan16

Toronto Star, January 16, 1982 s82jan19

Toronto Star, January 19, 1982 t82feb20

Toronto Star, February 20, 1982 ta82feb20a

Toronto Star, February 20, 1982 u82mar13

Toronto Star, March 13, 1982 v82apr10

Toronto Star, April 10, 1982 w82may29

Toronto Star, May 29, 1982 wa82may29a

Toronto Star, May 29, 1982 x82jun12

Toronto Star, June 12, 1982 y82jul10

Toronto Star, July 10, 1982

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Toronto Star, August 7, 1982 za82aug7a

Toronto Star, August 7, 1982 zb82aug28

Toronto Star, August 28, 1982 zc82sept11

Toronto Star, September 11, 1982 zd82oct2

Toronto Star, October 2, 1982 ze82oct23

Toronto Star, October 23, 1982 zf82oct30

Toronto Star, October 30, 1982 zg82nov20

Toronto Star, November 20, 1982

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Toronto Star, February 5, 1983zi83mar19

Toronto Star, March 19, 1983 zj83may21

Toronto Star, May 21, 1983 zk83apr30

Toronto Star, April 30, 1983 zl83jun25

Toronto Star, June 25, 1983 zm83jul16

Toronto Star, July 16, 1983 zn83aug27

Toronto Star, August 27, 1983

As mentioned earlier, many of the buildings have names that are different from when they were marketed in the 1970s and 1980s. Here is a list of the current building names. If you know which buildings were marketed as which, please let me know!

Some of the information has been gathered from the Emporis website on tall buildings.

Also as a tidbit, I never understood why in the 1960s-1980s often single buildings were called “towers” as if there were more than one…

 The buildings of the K-Section:

– 25 Kensington Road: Stuart Towers, 18 floors

– 15 Kensington Road: MacDonald Towers, 18 floors, built 1974

– 18 Knightsbridge Road: Bruce Towers, 25 floors, built 1976

– 10 Kensington Road: McKenzie Towers, 14 floors

 

– 10 Knightsbridge Road: Chelsea Gardens Tower 1, 13 floors

– 4 Knightsbridge Road: Chelsea Gardens Tower 2, 13 floors

– 4 Kings Cross: Ross Tower, 20 floors

– 17 Knightsbridge: Shaw Towers, 18 floors, built 1977

– 21 Knightsbridge: Fraser Towers, 18 floors, built 1978

Knightsbridge-Kings Cross Towers:

– 3 Knightsbridge Road: Cameron Towers, 26 floors

– 11 Knightsbridge Road: Munro Towers, 18 floors

– 5 Kings Cross Road: Buchanan Towers, 18 floors

The F-Section

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Community Spotlight: the F-Section

The F-Section is bounded by Bramalea Road, Queen Street East, Torbram Road and Clark Boulevard. Earnscliffe Park cuts through the section and visually separates the condominium townhouse complexes in the western part from the rest of the area as only Clark Boulevard and Queen Street link the two sections together. The Northwestern part of the area has a commercial strip and a medical centre along Queen Street.

Although the section is small compared to others, it does have 3 schools and 2 churches.

Many of the houses in the area were built under the Ontario government’s Home Ownership Made Easy (H.O.M.E.) Plan, along with the D and E sections. The Concept 3 stacked townhouse complex with “streets in the sky” was the first time deck housing was built in Canada.

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 Neighbourhoods in the F-Section

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Portion of the 1969 Master Plan for Bramalea

According to the 1969 Master Plan, the townhouses along Bramalea Road were planned to be low-rise apartments. Also on this plan, there were provisions for further apartments and commercial uses to the west of Concept 3/Folkstone Terrace, which was eventually built as Finchgate Estates.

The following are links to blog postings on some of the neighbourhoods in the F-Section:

Concept 3/Folkstone Terrace

Finchgate Estates

California Club Townhouses/Bramalea Park

Houses sold under the H.O.M.E. Plan

Kingsway Homes in Bramalea

Townhouses in Bramalea

I am missing the plans for The Gates of Bramalea and the houses built under the H.O.M.E. Plan. If you have them, please help make this blog better by letting me know so I can share them!

Please feel free to comment below and share stories or tidbits about the F-Section.

Bramalea Master Plan 1969

Things sure have changed in the many years since the 1969 Master Plan for Bramalea was created. Produced a decade in to the development of Bramalea, it would have been the basis for how much of Bramalea was built in the 1970s. It is more detailed and quite different from the 1958 Master Plan for Bramalea.

The master plan is reproduced below, with some commentary under a few of the pages. 001 002 003 004

In 1969 it was inconceivable that Bramalea and Brampton would become one city…but that changed by the mid 1970s. Also of note is the proposed “Bramalea Expressway”, which was built as the 410.005 006

How many of these are still true today?

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Bay Meadows

When: Built circa 1976

Where: Mandarin Crescent, Manderley Place, Marlborough Street (parts), Mancroft Crescent (parts), Massey Street (parts), Marblehead Crescent, Minton Place

Who: Bramalea Consolidated Developments Limited

What I Know: The designs for this area are based on versions of those built in other Bramalea neighbourhoods in the G and J sections around the same time and even earlier. Unfortunately, my set of plans is incomplete as I am missing some of the plans for the area – so if you have one of the missing plans, please let me know!

Interestingly, none of the plans have an ensuite bathroom, even though other areas at the time in Bramalea had houses built with them. The lower price-point for these houses probably meant that they were built without them to bring down the cost. The side-split designs have a ‘cheater door’ off of the main bathroom opening to the master bedroom.

All of the designs have a formal dining room and a breakfast room open to the kitchen. In the case of the Thorpe plan, both dining spaces are quite small, and the kitchen workspace is sacrificed for the small breakfast area. I suspect recent renovations of this design have the breakfast room taken over as a part of the kitchen work area.

Curiously, the detached house floor plans are presented with the front door facing up on the page. It is common practice to show a floor plan with the front door facing down (or some times to the side), so these plans actually appear upside-down to me.

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Toronto Star, September 6, 1976

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The map above just shows one section of the Bay Meadows  area – there were multiple phases.

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Here are two versions of the same plan – one is cut off at the bottom, but the other one is very dark, so I have included both.010 light g

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I believe this plan document is actually from an earlier community, but it appears that the same design was built in Bay Meadows, so this version of the plan ended up in my file for this area.

Bramalea, circa 1972

Come join me on a trip in a time machine back to the year 1972 in Bramalea! Below is a document from that year with details on both the industrial and residential aspects of Bramalea – including 2 walking tours through the A to G sections and Bramalea Woods, plus price lists for developments active at the time. Some things are still the same, but so much has changed.

A special thank you to a blog reader for completing the missing pieces to this document for me. I had it on file but some pages were missing, so I was delighted when a reader sent me her version with all pages intact!

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The Villages of Central Park – Canada’s First Zero Lot-Line Housing

When: Built circa 1972-1975

Where: Large parts of the H-Section, and parts of the G and J sections.

Who: Bramalea Consolidated Developments Limited, Cadillac Development Corporation Limited, Consolidated Building Corporation Limited, DelZotto Enterprises Limited, Victoria Wood Development Corporation Inc.

What I Know: I would argue that these houses are some of the most unique in all of the country, both for the architecture and the way that they are sited on the lots.

The designs won an honourable mention in the 1976 Canadian Housing Design Council Awards. Many articles were written on the project in architectural and building-trade journals when it was first built, which have been reproduced in this posting.

There is really so much to write about these innovative houses. At the bottom of the post is an excerpt from my Master’s thesis on Bramalea, regarding the history of the zero lot-line houses.

One interesting aspect of the zero lot line houses can best be seen from above. Below are a series of images that show the fascinating landscape (click on them to make the image larger):

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This image shows the two different types of layouts – the ones on the left side are more common, while the right side of the photo shows a more random layout of houses on a few select streets in the H-Section. Courtesy of Google Mapshuntington

While all of the houses have unusual siting with the zero lot-line concept, perhaps the most interesting are the ones where the houses are at oblique angles to the road. These few streets look like the houses were thrown down randomly on the land, like a child may do with his/her set of blocks. Courtesy of Bing Maps

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Another view of the randomly placed houses in the H-Section. Courtesy of Bing Maps oll plots

This image shows the lot-lines, which are most unusual when the houses are at angles to the road. Courtesy of Brampton Maps

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There are many different variations of the facades – too many to show them all here. The image above is a good representation of the type of architecture found in the zero lot-line areas. Common to many of the houses is an asymmetrical roof (which often wraps down one side of the house), a mixture of materials on the facade (brick, different colour siding), uneven window placement (such as the two different sized windows on the side of the house) and blank facades. three

Another view showing the blank facades, uneven roof lines and seemingly random window placement.

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Some of the houses have more traditionally inspired facades, but the placement of the houses in relation to each other is far from traditional. The two white houses in the centre of the image are at right angles to each other.

The following section has newspaper articles and advertisements, as well as historic journal articles on the area and houses:

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Toronto Star, September 12, 1972b72sept12

Toronto Star, September 12, 1972

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Globe and Mail, September 12, 1972 c72dec8 gm

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Toronto Star, July 11, 1974

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Toronto Star, September 6, 1975

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Page 63 from Zero lot line housing by David R. Jensen, 1981.b

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Canadian Building magazine

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Canadian Building magazine, July 1971

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Canadian Building magazine, December 1972

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Canadian Building magazine, May 1975

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Canadian Building magazine

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The Canadian Architect, November 1972

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Canadian Housing Design Council Awards 1976.

I only have a few plans for the houses, but would love to get my hot little paws on more. If you have any, please let me know!
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Below is an excerpt from my Master’s thesis on Bramalea, regarding the zero lot-line houses:

In the early 1970s, two hundred acres of land were made available in Bramalea by the Ontario Housing Corporation to build affordable housing. According to the master plan, the land was originally set aside for townhouses, which were believed to be the best solution to affordable housing. This plan was changed in 1972 in favour of a mixture of housing, but no specifics were outlined at the time.[1] In order to cut costs, building and planning standards were examined and decisions made as to how to build the most affordable housing. As a result, the Ontario Housing Corporation examined the standard lot size and lot setback standards for detached houses. At the time, the front-yard setback was twenty-five feet from the road, with four-foot side-yard setbacks. It was decided that these spaces were often underused, and thus could be eliminated, thus paving the way for the first application of  the zero lot-line concept in Canada.[2]

The idea of zero lot-line planning was based on the fact that there were to be no setbacks, which meant that a house could be located right on the lot line of the property. Whereas the suburban tradition was to place a house in the centre of a lot, the new concept meant that a house could be placed on either the front, back, or side edge of a lot. The lot could be smaller, with most a mere thirty-by-eighty feet in size, in contrast to the standard fifty-by-one-hundred foot lot for detached houses in 1960s Bramalea. In some cases the lot was not a traditional rectangle, but a multi-faceted irregular shape. By the end of 1972, the first of 2,400 houses were set to be built. The development was titled The Villages of Central Park, and all the houses were located on cul-de-sacs. This made the development very suburban in nature. Since these houses were detached, they fit in with the suburban dream of owning a house of one’s own.

With the assistance of the Government of Ontario’s H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easy) Plan, the houses were offered at an extremely low price. To make the houses even more affordable, the land was not owned, but leased from the Ontario Housing Corporation for up to fifty years. However, the homeowner had the option of buying the land outright after five years.[3]

In September 1972, construction began on the first six hundred and sixty-four houses of The Villages of Central Park. It was anticipated that these houses would take a year to sell, but in fact they sold out in just six weeks. A waiting list then had to be established for the forthcoming phases. By the middle of 1973, there were well over one thousand names still on the list. The builders had no way of keeping up with the huge demand for the houses, so the list had to be cut off for the next few years to allow those already on it to purchase a home within in the development.[4] By 1974, there had been 1,700 lot-line houses built, with the final 700 in the project slated for completion that year. For the thousands still on the waiting list wanting the remaining 700 houses, a lottery was held to pick names. Those on the list had the option of paying a fee of $100 to enter it, or dropping off the list. If their name was drawn from the lottery, the potential homeowner was shown the available houses and had to make a decision on the spot to purchase.[5] Some stipulations were attached to the purchase, such as that the buyer had to live in the house and not rent it out. In addition, the house could not be sold for five years without the permission of the Ontario Housing Corporation.[6]

Perhaps the most curious aspect of the developments was not the placement of the houses on the lot, but the style of the houses themselves. An array of very contemporary features distinguished the basic rectangular shape of the houses in The Villages of Central Park. The most striking element was the uneven roofline of most of the houses. While a traditional gable roof had the peak at the centre, these houses had the peak placed off-centre allowing two different angles of the roofline, one usually very steep. In some cases the roof rolled down the side of the house and ended at the bottom of the upper level windows. When the house was turned so that the gabled end faced the road, the profile of the roof was unlike anything one would expect in a suburban context.

Secondly, the window arrangement of the zero lot-line houses was unusual, especially by suburban standards. On many of the houses, irregular spacing and window sizes were found on any given façade. For privacy reasons with the zero lot-line arrangement, houses had a windowless façade on the side that sat on the lot line. In some cases, the front of the house, which faced the street, was void of any openings, save for the front door.

Most people had preset notions of what a house was to look like, especially in the suburbs. The uneven rooflines and irregular window placement of the zero lot-line houses were unlike anything that had been built en masse before in residential architecture. Many of the façades of the houses in The Villages of Central Park have since been altered over the years. To make them more “suburban” in style, homeowners added regular shaped windows, windows on walls which had been bare, as well as window boxes and shutters. Even so, the majority of the houses retain their quirky exteriors.


[1] “Home in Brampton for $750 down payment,” The Toronto Star,1 January 1972, p.43.

[2] “Ease rigid municipal standards to cut costs, builders ask,” The Toronto Star, 3 June 1972, p.25.

[3] Toronto Star12 September 1972, p.67.

[4] Toronto Star18 April 1974, p.A6.

[5] Toronto Star11 July 1974, p.A21.

[6] Saulius Svirplys, Bramalea: The History of its Architecture and Built Environment (Gatineau: Saulius Svirplys, 2005).

Addendum May 7, 2017:

I recently found these pages in my files on Bramalea:

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The latest in semi-deluxe kitchen design, circa 1960

If have you ever lived in the A-Section (or currently do), then you might recognize your kitchen layout in the five shown below. The article is from Canadian Builder in June 1960 and the designs are for Bramalea Consolidated Developments’ houses built that same year. Sadly, I am missing the floor plans for these houses – so if you have copies please let me know!

A lot has changed in the 54 years since these were the latest in kitchen design, and most have probably been re-worked at least once or twice since 1960. I worked for a while as a Realtor in Ottawa before returning to school, and always delighted at seeing a house for sale that had not been renovated since first built 50 or so years ago. Original kitchens are always fascinating as styles and technology were so different at that time.

When these houses were originally built it was considered an asset to have an enclosed kitchen, but recent renovations have probably removed some walls to open up the room. Counter space has probably also been added to make room for the ballooning number of counter-top appliances which are now commonplace. Today kitchens are the heart of the home, and they have moved from purely functional spaces to large and highly designed spaces. In comparison, to the 1960 buyer, these kitchens were the latest in modern design.

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It is interesting to see how the kitchens have changed with time. Here are just a few examples of Bramalea kitchens over the years:

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The aptly named Greenhouse model by Bramalea Limited at Bramalea Estates (M-Section), c. 1977. The kitchen is open to a greenhouse breakfast room – also shown in the two images below. Also of note is the sliding glass door to the backyard which was not something common to 1960 kitchen design.

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Toronto Star, October 8, 1977

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Toronto Star, April 15, 1978

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The Cedarwood by Nu-West in Bramalea Estates (M-Section),  c.1978. There are no walls between the kitchen, nook and family room.

1979The Aruba at Sunrise Estates (M-Section) by Bramalea Limited, c. 1979. Here the kitchen is also open to the family room and there is a large island – presumably with a breakfast counter as there is no separate eating area.

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The King Stephen at King’s Row Limited Edition (L-Section) by Bramalea Limited, c. 1981. Again, the kitchen is open to the family room and there is a breakfast bar on the peninsula counter.

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The Lake 26 at Columbus Bay (P-Section) by Lakeview Homes, c. 1982. The breakfast room is also a solarium with wrap-around windows.

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The Lismer at Showcase 2000 (M-Section and section without a letter) by Bramalea Limited, c. 1982. A smaller kitchen, but notice that the counter with the sink is completely open to the family room.

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The Ultimate Rose at The Timeless Elegance of the Rose (L-Section) by The Rose Corporation, c. 1983. This is one of the largest floor plans in Bramalea. The kitchen has a very large island, two pantries and a large breakfast room. If you include the breakfast room, the kitchen is over 330 square feet, more than twice as large as the eat-in kitchens from the 1960 houses.

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The Dixie Rose at The Timeless Elegance of the Rose (L-Section) by The Rose Corporation, c. 1983. This luxurious kitchen has a walk-in-pantry, bay-windowed breakfast room and a built-in desk.

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The Nottingham at The Master’s Series in Deerchase (N-Section) by Bramalea Limited, c. 1982. The kitchen and breakfast room are open to the family room, only divided by a railing.

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The Vega at Trail Ridge (N-Section) by Bramalea Limited, c. 1985. The angular peninsula counter adds interest to this kitchen layout.

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The Santa Cruz  at Montara (N-Section) by Bramalea Limited, c. 1987. A completely open country kitchen.

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The Beachport at Emerald Cove (P-Section) by Bramalea Limited, c. 1988. An island, pantry, broom closet and bay-windowed breakfast room make this a deluxe kitchen for the time.

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The Bentley at Carriage Walk South (H-Section) by Bramalea Limited, c. 1988. Even this smaller townhouse kitchen is open to the family room via a railing and has a sliding glass door to the yard.

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Toronto Star, February 13, 1988

This advertisement for Nortonville Estates West (L-Section) by Broles Building Corporation, shows an open concept kitchen, complete with a breakfast bar.

By the time some of the last houses were being built in Bramalea kitchens had ballooned in size. A deluxe kitchen was open concept with a breakfast room (sometimes a greenhouse), pantry, island or peninsula counter, and plenty of counter space – all features uncommon in 1960. Times sure have changed!

H.O.M.E. – Home Ownership Made Easy in Bramalea

When: Built circa 1967-1969.

Where: Parts of the D, E, and F-Sections

Who: Built by Bramalea Consolidated Developments Inc., Sweetgrass Homes, Tall Oaks Construction, D.R.H. Holdings Limited, Claran Homes Limited, Consolidated Building Coporation, and a handfull of other builders

What I know: Large parts of the D, E, and F-Section were built as a part of the Ontario Government’s Home Ownership Made Easy (H.O.M.E.) plan.

A handful of builders took place in the program, but sadly I do not have any plans for such houses – although at the bottom of this post I have the price list (thanks to a blog reader!) and the exterior images of some of the semi-detached houses built by Bramalea Consolidated Developments.  Some of the plans appear to be based on those at the first phase of Southgate Village: https://bramaleablog.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/southgate-village/ and Twingate: https://bramaleablog.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/twingate/

It has been suggested that perhaps plans were not handed out due to the quick buying frenzy for the houses. If any readers have the plans built in these areas under the H.O.M.E. plan please let me know!

 The articles below are for the detached and semi-detached houses in these areas built under the plan, but some of the townhouse complexes throughout Bramalea were also built as a part of the H.O.M.E. plan. The Villages of Central Park (the zero lot-line houses) were also built under the same program in the 1970s – and will be the subject of an upcoming post.

41 of the houses on Epsom Downs Drive were actually moved from Etobicoke to make way for the widening of HWY 27! (See article below from August 12, 1968)

Some of the houses were built on leased land. Most of these have probably been bought out, but I am wondering if any land leases still exist?

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Toronto Daily Star, August 1, 1967c67aug1a

Toronto Daily Star, August 2, 1967 d67aug2b

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Toronto Daily Star, August 8, 1967 l67aug8a

Toronto Daily Star, August 8, 1967 m67aug9

Toronto Daily Star, August 9, 1967 n67aug12

Toronto Daily Star, August 12, 1967 o67sept27

Toronto Daily Star, September 27, 1967 p67sept27a

Toronto Daily Star, September 27, 1967

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Toronto Daily Star, February 21, 1968s68feb21

Toronto Daily Star, February 21, 1968 t68apr13

Toronto Daily Star, April 13, 1968 u68may11

Toronto Daily Star, May 11, 1968 v68aug12a

Toronto Daily Star, August 12, 1968 ww68aug12

Toronto Daily Star, August 12, 1968 x68sept28

Toronto Daily Star, September 28, 1968 y68nov30

Toronto Daily Star, November 30, 1968 z69feb15

Toronto Daily Star, February 15, 1969zz69feb22

Toronto Daily Star, February 22, 1969 zzz69mar22

Toronto Daily Star, March 22, 1969

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Did you (or your parents) wait in line for one of these houses? Do you have a story to share about the experience? Please feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments section.

The 1958 Master Plan for Bramalea

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This proposed map is actually a dozen pages in to the 1958 Master Plan for Bramalea, but I thought it would be an interesting starting point to present the pages from the portfolio. There are actually two slightly different versions of the Master Plan from the same year – at this point I will present one of the two. Please click on any of the images to make them larger.

The map above depicts the first plan of the satellite city with limited detail. The A and C-Sections were built as depicted, and part of the B-Section is correct. The rest was not built as planned. The proposal shows letter sections all the way up to “Y”, with an I and an O-Section, the two letter sections left out of Bramalea as built. I always wonder why those letters were left out. Just east of Montreal, the City of Brossard also has letter sections, but does have an I-Section (which is industrial!) and an O-Section.

The Bramalea City Centre was built in the location planned, but the service industry section became the H-Section and the prestige industry on Queen Street did not get developed as such. The proposed G, S and T sections became industrial creating what now is a J-shaped industrial belt on the edges of Bramalea. Also notice the proposed golf course in the present day J and P-Sections. The 1969 Master Plan showed this proposed golf course relocated to the L and N-Sections…and was never actually built anywhere in Bramalea.

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It was proposed that all of Bramalea would be built in a decade. In reality it took four times as long, and still continues to grow with in-fill neighbourhoods added with time.004

No high rises are show here, yet the next page explains that Bramalea was to have an urban atmosphere.005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012

It is interesting to read the 4th paragraph, which describes the almost utopian dream of Bramalea. No air pollution! Other early promotional material mentions that there would be no traffic congestion, smog or urban sprawl.014 015 016

“Some farms will be left intact” Hmm…does the barn at the petting zoo in Chinguacousy Park count?

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Close…but not exactly as built, especially the top-centre and left-side parts of the plan.024

Perhaps they shouldn’t have depended on the Avro Aircraft industry in Malton as a potential employer….
025 026 027 029Please feel free to add any comments, insights, or reactions to this founding document for Bramalea.