With the exception of the windows, doors and some
half timber work, this house is made entirely of stone, from
the rubble stone walls and chimney
to the beautiful cut stone shingles on the steep gabled
roof. It resembles a medieval postcard perfect country cottage.
The dormers are modest and made
in an almost authentic half-timber
method. The oriel window is multi-paned
and sports a copper hood. The larger windows on the first floor
are multi-paned as well.
Like many Tudor Revival homes, it is best seen
in the winter because it is completely surrounded by mature
trees and bushes.
The windows are all casement windows. Sash windows
replaced casements in England starting around 1670, with the
influx of the Neo-classical style. Sash windows became the required
window of the Georgian period. Casement windows were revived
in the first half of the 18th century when the medieval period
became, once again, popular.
The facade of the house is composed of half timbering
- large wooden members filled in with white stucco. Traditionally,
the white stucco would cover a mixture of horse hair, horse
and cow manure, and soil. This was medieval insulation.
The details on this house are where the real magic
lies. Under the sill, acting as a bracket, is a medieval antic
figure: commingled animal, human and floral parts used to terminate
moldings and decorate brackets and corbels.
Lislehurst was built by the Schreiber
family in the 1880s. It was bought by the University of Toronto
in 1964, and is now the residence of the president of Erindale
College. It is a very early example of Tudor Revival.
has a loop hole opening, used in medieval times for shooting
at approaching enemies, but now, probably, used only for admitting
light. The multiple chimneys show
the age of the building plus the wealth of the original owners
who would have heated the house with wood. The door is a Tudor
arch, and the door surround
has a drip mold and label
stops. The windows have strong sills
and the leaded glass has been maintained.
The stone on this building is slightly more rustic
than in the examples above.
The front gable is a
"shaped gable", a gable composed of convex and concave
gables, with steps between them and a semi-circular top. The
voussoirs are pronounced, and there
is a large keystone in each flat
arch. The windows without flat arches have heavy stone lintels.
All the windows have heavy stone sills.
The building is constructed almost exclusively
of stone with stone bands along the
sills of the first and second floors. There is a pronounced
over the front door.
Revival reflects traditional rural traditions, like those above,
but this reflects a more French flair. From the bell-cast roof
and dormers to the long, front, covered
porch this is reminiscent of the French Regime period of the
Eastern Provinces, and the rural architecture of Normandy and
The dormers show pseudo half
timbered detail. The front door and windows are pointed
three point arches from the late Gothic
period. The windows in the door are multi-paned.
The manor house has a series
of chimneys for fireplaces in many
rooms. This is a beautifully maintained old building.
This house represents the most popular of the
Period Revivals, the Tudor Revival.
The attention to detail in this charming house provides an authentic
recapturing of medieval methods using modern materials.
This house has half-timbered
elements, a gabled roof, a jerkin-head
roof on the dormer, plain vergeboarding,
and leaded multi-paned glass. The
doorway is a Tudor arch with a hoodmold,
a carved reveal, and decorative molding.
Twisted chimney pots complete the picturesque quality of this
different and much later Period Revival, this house is like
a small castle with corner towers, machicolation,
scalloping, and simple window
surrounds. This fanciful house is reminiscent of
the early medieval age when thick walls and fortification were
necessary. The towers would have been advantageous for repelling
The fortress-like floorplan is
offset by a fairly Classical portico that has clustered Ionic
columns, dentils, and an architrave.
The portico provides the base for
a second storey balcony with a wrought iron railing.
The mixture of Gothic and Classical elements first started during
the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, thus, this type of mixture
is sometimes called Jacobethan.
Elaborate gables are
usually found in Northern European buildings -Flemish or German.
The gables have loops or loopholes found in medieval architecture
as a place for launching arrows. Under the gables are paired
windows with triangular arches, dripmolds,
and roundels. The lower floor has
rectangular windows with large window cornices.
On the roof is a dormer with a roundel
containing a trefoil.
The front entrance has a two-centered pointed
arch with dripmolds and label stops.
The door itself is new; sadly no attempt has been made to make
one of thousands of reproductions of an English vernacular cottage.
There are many variations on the steeply pitched cross-gabled
roof, either in single, or in double version as in this example.
Apart from the gables, the most
notable feature is the solid wood round-headed door
and heavy stone door surround.
The voussoirs are carefully placed
giving the impression of hand-crafted work.
The building is of dark brick
with heavy concrete window sills. The
garden on this home looks as much like an English post card
as the house does.
Like the image above, this, somewhat
larger, house has a sweeping bell-cast roof
with offset roof overhangs. A jetty
- a projecting timber-framed room overhanging a wall - held
in place by beams gives it a medieval
touch. The cedar shingle roof has a dormer
with a half-hip roof.
Under the lower roof overhang
is a round-headed window with a keystone
and stones at the spring.
In 1943, Anthony Adamson, one of Canada's most
noteworthy architectural historians and restoration architects,
took possession of this house built in 1920. The Flemish influence
is immediately obvious in the ornamented, shaped
gables and the U-shaped floor plan. The window
treatment is minimal; on the upper floor are slightly recessed
semi-circular arches. On the lower floor
there is only a minimal sill.
The estate has a splendid location on Lake Ontario.
It is open to the public as a park and is used by the Royal
Conservatory of Music.
Port Credit Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie
a somewhat newer version of the Tudor Revival with stone base
and pseudo half-timbering. The gables
have vergeboarding; the central
ornament is called a pendulum.
are ornate gold crests along the front
façade by the entrance
and under one window. The entrance is recessed and protected,
better suited for the northern climates where this style originated.
The windows are new, but they maintain the size that would be
appropriate for this style.
Sault Ste. Marie Ontario
This revival has the most spectacular river stone
chimney in the province. The shingle roof and leaded glass window
add to the old world appeal, but it is really the setting that
makes this house so special.
This is such a good revival that it is difficult
to say what year it was built. It could be 1890s or 1930s. The
garage fits in so well that the house could have been built
This is an early example of a public building
constructed in the Tudor Revival period with brick and stone.
This may be called Jacobethan because of the mixture of styles.
There is a very small gable
with a decorative loophole on the central portion of the building.
Under this is a small band. The large
frontispiece is supported by buttresses;
there is a buttress supporting the back entrance.
The doors and windows have Classical surrounds,
in the Georgian manner, but the arch on the door is a Tudor
a beautiful example of a Jacobean Revival house that, when built,
was perfect in every detail. This has real, not pseudo,
half-timbering, with an outward-curving ceiling entrance
and hand- carved brackets. The interior
of the house was equally authentic with solid oak wall panels
and hand carved newel posts. The room layout and the construction
processes, while allowing for central heating and plumbing,
were done according to medieval building methods. Sadly, this
house is soon to be torn down to make room for a cul-de-sac
with " 12 individual units " and probably an inspired
name like "Heritage Village".
Here is a beautifully designed Tudor Revival house
that has been well maintained and cared for. The half-timbering
is authentic looking, and the owners have been careful to keep
the original window glass with small muntin
bars. The frontispiece has a winged
gable and the entrance
is framed by a Tudor arch.
The house was occupied by the original owner,
Mr. Pond, until he was well into his 90s, then it was taken
over by a family that has a similar respect for good architecture.
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