If you drive through the streets of the Elmvale Acres and Urbandale Acres neighbourhoods, you will notice a series of strikingly modern houses. These were mass-produced by a handfull of tract builders - some of which built the same plans in various Canadian cities, and even in other Ottawa neighbourhoods. Many of the designs are quite small - especially compare to the standards of new houses.
Below are a couple of journal articles on the houses as well as some selected plans.
|I wonder what happened to the miniature house models? I want them!|
|Knight Homes - Cavalier. Below is the beautifully modern facade of this design. A few people have inserted a window on the blank front dining room wall - but I like it blank, the way it was originally intended.|
|This a a great back split design where you descend a half flight of stairs into the dining room. Below is an ad with another Knight Homes design.|
|While I do not have the plans for the Economy Home Builder's houses in the area, here are a few from 1961 newspaper ads.|
|You may know Mastercraft as the builder of the new SOHO condos in Ottawa, but they used to build houses in the mid-century.|
|I have the entire brochure for the Edstan homes development in the area. It is reproduced below. |
Edstan also built similar plans in Bell's Corners and Riverside Park.
|The side door entry halfway down the basement stairs make this design conducive to renting out the basement.|
|One of the few two-storey designs in the neighbourhood.|
Campeau also built extensively in Elmvale Acres, many plans of which have been featured in past posts.
In follow up to a question from a reader, below is what I suspect is the plan for their house, built by Campeau in Riverside Park. It is similar to those constructed by other builders in Elmvale Acres and Urbandale. This is the only version of the plan I have.