This project is a restoration, renovation, and addition to a 1931 Art Deco influenced heritage home in mid-town Toronto. The original residence was commissioned by Lawren Harris, an artist and member of the Group of Seven (1920 – 1933).
Emulating Harris’ artwork, the house uses a modern language that is infused with a passion for the local landscape. This project builds upon the spirit of the uniquely Canadian interpretation of the Art Deco style and updates the 1930s home for a contemporary family of five. The changes to the historical house mirror the evolution of the single-family residence typology since the 1930s.
The contemporary layout has the less formal spaces of the house occupy a more central and integrated role in the life of the home. The addition encompasses an expanded ground floor plan and a new kitchen, breakfast room, family room, and rear entrance. The ceiling height in each space varies in order to define the free-flowing space as zones that have individual character. A skylight marks the junction of the old and new.
The new cabana, pool, and exterior kitchen is defined by a garden wall and covered colonnade. This walk-way connects the garage to the new rear entry. The obscured glass of the garden wall provides privacy from the adjacent mutual driveway. The project also includes a new master bedroom suite within the former third floor painting studio. A home theatre and wine room are in the expanded basement, and custom built-in cabinetry is found throughout.
The foyer, dining and living rooms have been architecturally restored including floors, stairs, details and both vintage and new fixtures and furnishings.
Drew Mandel, Caroline Howes, Allison Gonsalves, Jowenne Poon
Eisner Murray Developments
Blackwell Structural Engineers
Best of Canada 15 (Canadian Interiors)
Project Award: Residential
AZ Awards - Azure Magazine
Finalist for Interiors - Residential
Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
Design Excellence Award