interesting and unique Cabbagetown Bay and Gable home. Queen Anne hints with the Oriel bay window and dormer roof trying to be a turret ( on a
budget ) and the decorative brick in
the window arch and decorative woodwork in the gables.
Although homes were constructed as early as the
1850's in Cabbagetown, it was not until the 1870's and 1880's that
significant numbers of houses were built .
of the houses in the area are built in the late Victorian era, the first ones
on their sites. Intense development continued in to the early 1900ís creating
the late Victorian, urban, tightly-packed density of houses on long narrow
lots. The absence of garages, the small lot sizes and small front yards gives
the area more a pedestrian scale. Old Cabbagetown once stretched from its
current location to the south incorporating Corktown (named for the city in
Ireland) and the area what is now Regent Park . It plays a popular role in Toronto Real Estate activity.
represents a urban residential Victorian landscape with mixture of
architecture styles and the homes the middle class of the time, with clapboard workers cottages and short
row houses to tall ornamental townhouses. Victorian era Bay and Gable town
houses are prevalent in the area. Bay and Gable home were quite popular in
Toronto . Gable roofs made of slate and with metal eves troughs to eliminate
standing water and damp for the Victorians were concerned about health and
cleanliness, The large single pane bay windows, to encourage light also being
the "high tech" of the era because of industrialization of glass production.
A nod toward the "arts and crafts" through decorative woodwork in
the gables, with stained glass transom windows above doors and the Bay window
Decorative wooden porches and
sometimes decorative brickwork to show that one still had humanities and
culture and was not completely lost to the modern age of science and industrialization. With the large number
of Victorian town home that exist in Cabbagetown it is interesting to see the
various styles of decorative detail that were incorporated in to the Bay and
Gable design, Gothic revival styles
with arched windows and doorways and porticos with rough masonry . Queen Anne
styles with more elaborate ornamental work and dormers standing in as
turrets. Second empire The Bay and Gable was very adaptable to many styles .
In addition to the Victorian town homes there are many Georgian row houses
and workers cottages.
Romanesque revival style with the rough stone lower half and yet keeps
the Victorian large window rather then the small windows of the Romanesque
style incorporating it and the stained
glass transom window into the arch .The house also keeps the bay window with the small window in the portico just behind the arch of the
row houses with their mansard roof. These were much more prevalent in the old
Cabbagetown sometimes forming entire streets of them, but they can still be found in the Cabbage
town area as well as Corktown and neighboring Riverdale.
Edwardian "Bay and Gable" sort of, Playing with the design created
these row house . Instead of the window jutting out it is the entranceway.
the large window now is two while keeping the transom window. Most likely
because they would be easier to open in the summer and the decorative porch
has been traded for a balcony
Queen Anne style with
the turret formed out of the Orel bay window, making this a triple Bay .
With fancy gable woodwork and decorative brickwork
with Niagara yellow brick adds a bit of Italianate feel to this house . This home and shows the adaptability of the Bay and
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