The Gates of Bramalea

When: Built circa 1970-1971

Where: 475 Bramalea Road

Who: Consolidated Building Corporation and Ontario House Corporation

What I Know: I am missing the floor plans for the houses in this area, so if anyone has them, I would love to share them!

The two-story units have a carport, instead of a garage, but this allows for front-facing windows on the main floor (in the kitchen, I believe), something that would not be possible if there was a garage out front.

As with most of the townhouse complexes built in Bramalea at the time, there is an outdoor pool and play areas as part of the common elements.

Interestingly, the advertisements for the houses indicate that they came with a refrigerator, stove, hood fan and clothes dryer…but not a washing machine.

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Toronto Star, October 17, 1970

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Toronto Star, November 21, 1970

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Toronto Star, January 2,1971

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Toronto Star, January 30, 1971

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Toronto Star, May 1, 1971

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Toronto Star, September 4, 1971

Historical Newspaper Articles on Bramalea

I recently realized that I have a number of general newspaper articles on Bramalea that should be shared on the blog. They are great snapshots of the history of Bramalea and the company that built the city. Below are a handful of articles from the 1950s and 1960s:

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Toronto Daily Star, May 14, 1959

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The Globe and Mail, November 15, 1958

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Toronto Daily Star, June 16, 1961

 

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Toronto Daily Star, January 17, 1964

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Toronto Daily Star, March 1, 1965

 

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Toronto Daily Star, May 31, 1968

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Toronto Daily Star, August 2, 1969

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Toronto Daily Star, August 23, 1969

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Toronto Daily Star, May 14, 1969

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Toronto Daily Star, September 12, 1969

North Park Manors

When: Built circa 2006

Where: New Hampshire Court

Who: Century Gove Homes

What I Know: This in-fill development was built on land that appears to have been set aside for a school.

The layouts of the houses are very much a product of the time. The lot widths are narrow, but the garages are set in to the massing of the houses, as opposed to sticking out in front common with the houses built more than a decade before just one street to the north. With the inset garage and rooms above them the second levels of these plans are larger than the main floors, allowing room for large ensuite bathrooms and walk-in closets. Two of the designs have a one-car garage and thus have large front-facing windows on the main floor. This mixing of one-car and two-car garage houses is something that Bramalea Limited did in other parts of Bramalea many years earlier.

There are a handful of other in-fill sites in Bramalea that were built on some time after the surrounding area was developed. These sites remained vacant as they were originally set aside in the master plan for schools, places of worship or shopping, that were never built. A few such sites that come to mind include the southwest corner of Howden Boulevard and Dixie Road, the townhouses on Vodden Street East between Laurelcrest Street and Lone Oak Avenue, and the extension of Locksley Place at Hillside Drive. I am missing the plans for the latter two mentioned, so if anyone has them I would love to share on the blog.   

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The Site Plan below has a different name for the street. I am glad that they changed the name to New Hampshire Court to fit in with the N-Section.

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The Dream That Was

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Hello Bramaleans past and present! In addition to posting on bramaeleablog, another creative outlet of mine is writing fictional stories. I will be posting one of my books chapter-by-chapter on Wattpad to share it with the world. The storyline may be of interest as it is inspired by real events connected to the development of Bramalea – although I have created a fictional family and used a pseudonym for Bramalea. I invite you all to have a read of the first chapter and hopefully you will be drawn to continue reading as I post each chapter.

Below is the synopsis of the book:

Seeking a better life for his children, a father embarks on the ambitious project of designing and building a new city from the ground up. As the city grows and changes so to do his children, each influencing the other over the decades. In many ways, the city takes on a life of its own, with an outcome that the founding father could never have imagined. Inspired by an actual city built from scratch, and real events surrounding its history, this saga tells the tale of a fictional family from the postwar period up until present day.

Here is the link:

The Dream That Was

Hampton Landing by the Lake

When: Built circa 1996

Where: Provincial Place

Who: Begun by Bramalea Limited, but completed by Aspen Ridge Homes

What I Know: I cannot remember if Bramalea Limited actually begun construction in 1994/1995 before they went Bankrupt. I do remember visiting the model homes at the site in 1996 when Aspen Ridge Homes took over.

The format of these plans are large – 22 x 17 inches when opened, so they were a challenge to scan! I am not sure why builders moved to the format (many still have large plans), but they sure do make them hard to store, scan and share.

I am missing the plans for TH6 shown on the site plan (I am not sure what the name of the plan was), so if any of my readers has the plan I would love to add it. Also, if anyone has the original marketing materials from when Bramalea Limited had the project they would be good to share. I have always wondered if they had the exact same floor plans – as the images in the newspaper advertisements look the same.

The townhomes in this area are designed with tunnels leading from the back of the garage or basement to the yard allowing access for bringing a lawnmower through. This design element removes the need for right-of-way access through adjacent back yards as is the case in some freehold townhouse developments.

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Toronto Star, October 1, 1994
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Toronto Star, October 22, 1994

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Toronto Star, January 14, 1995

 

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Toronto Star, February 25, 1995
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Toronto Star, May 4, 1996
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This site plan from 1988 appears to be for condominium towers proposed for the site. I seem to recall reading or hearing about how there was local backlash towards this proposal as towers were seen as inappropriate for the area with its low-density housing.
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I am not sure where this article if from, but I found it among the plans I have for the P-Section.

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Twingate

When: Built circa 1962-1965.

Where: Cloverdale Drive and Cathcart Cresent.

Who: Built by Bramalea Construction (Peel) Limited

What I Know: Called “twin homes”, the designs of these semi-detached houses differed from the earlier versions in Bramalea. A number of the designs are only linked by the garage, and are sometimes paired with a different model. The plans are generally larger than the earlier semi-detached houses in the A-Section, and a few even have two bathrooms, including an ensuite in the Galleon Beau plan (which was not common at the time).

It was the first area in Bramalea to have only semi-detached houses, as in the past semi-detached and detached houses were intermixed. Many of the houses back onto greenbelt or the grounds of Bramalea Secondary School.

The same plans were built in Southgate Village  in theD-Section, in particular the:Vanity Flair, Autumn Grove, Galleon Beau, Galleon Belle, King’s Mill and Rainbows End.

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Toronto Daily Star, October 10, 1962

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It may be hard to see in this image, but many of the advertisements during this period depict a hilltop view into Bramalea. Where is this illusive hill? Mount Chinguacousy was not built at this point. As a reader has suggested, perhaps the depicted view is from Crescent Hill, and embellished to look higher.b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t