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Boomtown communities sprang to life almost overnight around a century ago, spurred on by the expansion of the railways. This rapid development led to a very distinctive style of architecture, known as “boomtown”. This style was characterized by a decorative false front covering a more humble, gabled building behind it, typical of many buildings in the North American west at the turn of the 20th century.

Excerpted from:

“Boomtown.” Village of Vilna. Accessed July 3, 2021.


A.J. Casson (1898-1992), Kleinburg, c.1929, oil on paperboard, 24 x 28.5 cm, gift of the founders Robert and Signe McMichael, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1966.16.124.

Kleinburg General Store (1901).jpg

“Kleinburg Ontario - Canada -- Kleinburg General Store and Post Office - 1901 - Heritage Building” by  Onasill ~ Bill, licensed under CC BY 2.0. Saturation, levels, cropping, lens distortion and keystoning altered from original.

10477 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario

10477 Islington Avenue,
built 1900

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