Indeed, I ask John Blumenson, he of Ontario Architecture (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1990) and my travelling companion in 'Journeys with John' here in March of this year, or January 2014.
The English route to this revival is the rural manor houses and cottages of the Tudor period..."with the occasional high-style Gothic feature...the Tudor arch" or a "combination of Medieval forms with Classical elements reflecting the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods."
We are talking about an era from 1485 - 1625! The year 1485 saw the accession of Henry VII, then Henry VIII and Elizabeth I reigned for most of the era from 1500 to 1603. It was the era of Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, Henry VIII's nasty marital problems, the dissolution of the monasteries, the English Reformation. Life was improving, but education and sanitation were still for the few.
|Elizabethan Revival - 12 Ravenscliffe (1910)|
Glass was expensive and hard to make, so small panes were held together with lead lattice. Tudor chimneys were tall and thin, or twisted, and decorated with cut brick designs.
So why this love affair with a time of "nasty, brutish and short" lives?
The authors suggest "a nostalgia for the past and an admiration of things British" and its "association with domesticity." Ironic that this enclave of exclusive homes in early twentieth century industrial giant Hamilton should express such admiration for the "pre-industrial, medieval crafts."
|18 Turner (1932)|
|358 Bay Street South (1930)|
Each of these exquisite homes is within walking distance - I visited them all one sunny late fall afternoon in October. They can be revisited via Historical Hamilton's Durand site.