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Post The depths of winter in early suburbia

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South Kirkendall
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A tour of North Kirkendall can be found here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=164309


A journey through some early to mid 20th Century house styles

At the turn of the 20th Century, industry flourished in Hamilton. Hundreds of manufacturing industries were established in the
city, causing Hamilton's population to nearly quadruple between 1900 and 1940. The economic prosperity brought with it a
burgeoning white collar and professional class which lived in neighbourhoods like this one.

Hamilton's position as “Canada's manufacturing metropolis” echoed the situation in North America more generally. As the rising
industrial juggernaut led to more and more products being produced outside the home, a new consumer society emerged. This
led to changes in lifestyle which were reflected in the types of homes being built. These dramatic changes in the North American
way of life partly explain why styles and tastes changed so quickly around the turn of the century. Victorian homes only a decade
or two old were now regarded as hideous monstrosities, too complex and fragile. Families longed for more practical homes better
suited to modern lifestyles.

Like the mass manufactured goods and consumer lifestyle that inspired these house styles, this marks the beginning of the time
when housing became less identifiable with specific cities or regions. This neighbourhood is fairly representative of the type of
middle and upper middle class suburbs that flourished in Canada's larger cities at the time.



Suburban Canadian homes were heavily influenced by the British Arts and Crafts movement, sometimes called the "English Cottage"
style. These homes are meant to have a picturesque and rustic look and often incorporate Tudor half timbering.






The influence of a more American Arts and Crafts style is also apparent.




Here are some more conventional low and sprawling but deceptively large Craftsman homes:





This basic bungalow design is plentiful in virtually every North American city, though these are the only ones in this particular
neighbourhood.



Variations on the foursquare make up the basic shape of the streets. Canadian architecture books refer to this general style as
"Edwardian Classicism."



Some are plain, but many have stylistic details added to give them more character.



Not quite sure what to make of the strange bay window/dormer with semi-octagonal roof, but it is repeated on many houses in
this neighbourhood.




The ever popular Tudor Revival. This style dominates in the adjacent neighbourhood of Chedoke Park, as well as in several other
Hamilton neighbourhoods such as Westdale and St. Clair.





During this period, apartment buildings were stylistically integrated.




The Prairie style is relatively rare in Ontario, but features of the Prairie style were often added to variations on the ubiquitous
foursquare. You can see the Prairie influence mostly on the front poches, with their horizontal emphasis and bulky support columns.







Back to earlier parts of the neighbourhood. A foursquare and a couple Edwardian townhouses.







A wooden misfit



And even older parts, vestiges of Victoriana:





These houses straddle the line between the Victorian and Edwardian eras




Total Edwardian Classicism:






Some more streetscapes. Suburbia built during this period was still very walkable.



beth Jacob synagogue



A little cottage like the ones found throughout North Kirkendall



Colonial Revival styles were also popular in this era







I haven't noticed that many Dutch Colonial houses in Hamilton outside this neighbourhood, but I'm sure they're out there.







More daring modern and contemporary styles are found as the neighbourhood approaches the foothills of the escarpment:



The visible steel beams in this one are appropriate for Hamilton.








Larger homes are interspersed throughout the neighbourhood.






There's that semi-octagonal bay/dormer thing again





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Looks like a nice neighborhood. It looks like typical Hamilton, but with more flair.
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Great looking old houses..even in the snow
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Looks like a nice neighborhood. It looks like typical Hamilton, but with more flair.
or did you mean to say more flar? ugh... i had to.

very nice photos though.
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I love those three craftsman-style bungalows in particular! (photos 7, 8, & 9)
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Beautiful homes and they look great in the snow!! Thanks, fantastic photos!!
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I'd love to walk through some of these. I bet the insides are often pretty impressive, too. Funny how those newer, more modern homes up near the escarpment already look dated while the older homes still manage to ooze charm.
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I love those three craftsman-style bungalows in particular! (photos 7, 8, & 9)
Those were a pleasant surprise. I haven't seen many big craftsman houses like those in Canada (but I also haven't looked around that much in neighbourhoods of their vintage).


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I'd love to walk through some of these. I bet the insides are often pretty impressive, too. Funny how those newer, more modern homes up near the escarpment already look dated while the older homes still manage to ooze charm.
True in the case of many of the later homes in this neighbourhood, though I really wish I could have gotten a better look at this one:
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Great photos! It is so strange to see all the snow and cold this year in most the US and Canada. In LA I think we've had nothing but sun and 80 degree days (about 26 Celsius). Anyway, I love this mid-century modern:

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^^I lived in a house very similar to that as a kid. Ours had the exact same brick but was much, much smaller and we had a carport instead of a garage.
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Some of these homes are massive!
What's the average square footage? give or take
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A very nicely-produced documentary-style thread. Very insightful and educational descriptions. Nicely done. (Great pictures, too!)
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Some very beautiful and intersting houses and HUGE but that may be because you simply have more space in Canada or ARE lot of those high-income homes?

I really love your Hamilton threads.
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Super solid homes, love your continued SSP contributions and fantastic shots!
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"A wooden misfit"..... ha, I like it!
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Some of these homes are massive!
What's the average square footage? give or take
No idea, but they are definitely big houses.

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Some very beautiful and intersting houses and HUGE but that may be because you simply have more space in Canada or ARE lot of those high-income homes?
Probably some high income, but a lot of upper middle class. There are much wealthier neighbourhoods in the area.
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Interesting homes. And the icicles!

This is a neat scene with the tree in between.
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...dall/00151.jpg

These two remind me of a couple of neighborhoods in South Austin.
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...dall/00050.jpg
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...dall/00092.jpg
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