Tag Archives: Toronto

Victorian Wraparound Porch Parts Reproduction.

The Victorians believed in the health benefits of getting plenty of fresh air, and their architecture reflected this in the wraparound porches, sleeping porches, second floor porches. Homes today are fully sealed, also promoted as a health measure. There is … Continue reading

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Toronto Bell Cote Stained Glass

As part of a larger heritage restoration in 2010, Eve Guinan Design-Restoration of Toronto, Ontario began to conserve a number of stained glass windows in the historic Toronto Bell Cote. This diminutive church building has historic significance out of proportion … Continue reading

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Spiral Stair Layout Without Regrets: Vertical Access in Limited Space.

Requiring only about half the floor area required for conventional staircases, spiral stairs sometimes furnish the only legal means of access to upper levels, roofs and lofts in areas where space is limited.  Additionally, these prefabricated, freestanding assemblies add a dynamic design element, save … Continue reading

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Cost and Performance of Calamine Windows

The performance of 345 historic double hung calamine windows in the 1917 wing of the Massachusetts State House in Boston raised questions about the ability of calamine windows to extend the life of a wood window. The cost of reproducing … Continue reading

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Design Benefits of “Calamine” Windows

Fire resistant, metal clad, “calamine” windows were historically distributed widely among buildings both splendid and utilitarian with certain design benefits.  According to Guild Member Cameron Forbes, of Heather & Little, Limited in Toronto, Ontario, they enabled designers to integrate windows into … Continue reading

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