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Mid-Century Modern


Mid-century architecture was frequently employed in residential structures with the goal of bringing modernism into North America's post-war suburbs. This style emphasized creating structures with ample windows and open floor plans, with the intention of opening up interior spaces and bringing the outdoors in. Many Mid-century houses utilized then-groundbreaking post and beam architectural design that eliminated bulky support walls in favor of walls seemingly made of glass.


Scandinavian design was very influential at this time, with a style characterized by simplicity, democratic design and natural shapes. 

Excerpted and adapted from:

Wikipedia contributors, "Mid-century modern," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

(accessed July 4, 2021).

An A-frame house or other A-frame building is an architectural house or building style featuring steeply-angled sides (roofline) that usually begin at or near the foundation line, and meet at the top in the shape of the letter A. An A-frame ceiling can be open to the top rafters.

Although the triangle shape of the A-frame has been present throughout history, it surged in popularity around the world from roughly the mid-1950s through the 1970s. It was during the post–World War II era that the A-frame acquired its most defining characteristics.

Excerpted from:

Wikipedia contributors, "A-frame building," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia 

(accessed July 4, 2021).

St. Margaret Mary Church, designed by Alson Fisher (1961)

A Frame architecture Canada

The church in its original design.
Image source:  St. Margaret Mary Parish

St. Margaret Mary Church in Woodbridge, Ontario Canada

The church as it appeared around 2001.
Image source:

For more information see our references:

Blumenson, John. Ontario Architecture: A Guide to Styles and Building 1784 to the Present. Markham, Ont.: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1990.

Macfarlane, Catherine, and Patricia Somerville. A History of Vaughan Township Churches. Maple, Ont.: Vaughan Township Historical Society, 1985.

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