Apartment Architects Midcentury Toronto

Todmorden Developments Brings ‘Bachelorama’ to the Rosedale Valley (1956)

Here is another short one. This time, it’s from Toronto and about an apartment that I’ve noticed every time I walk by.

Architects Federal District (National Capital) Commission Jacques Gréber Ottawa Transcript Watson Balharrie

Watson Balharrie Critiques (part of) the National Capital Plan

Ottawa architect Watson Balharrie had opinions about the National Capital Plan’s vision for architecture in Ottawa. Images: (left) Ottawa Citizen, February 19, 1946, 12; (right) Community Planning Review, 2, no. 2 (May 1952).

Although it was indisputably popular among many of Ottawa’s citizens, the National Capital Plan was not without its detractors. Both the concept and implementation of the Green Belt, for example, were a problem for many and the plan was sometimes used by locals to oppose necessary infrastructure projects. Criticisms of the Plan were not limited to their urban planning aspects. As it would turn out, even the fairly basic prescriptions for architecture raised a few hackles.

Architects Maps Ottawa

J. Morris Woolfson’s Commissions

If you’ve ever looked into the construction of apartments, small commercial buildings, and industrial buildings in Ottawa during the mid-century period, there is a nearly 100% chance that you’ve come across a building that was either designed by or altered by J. Morris Woolfson.