Thursday, February 18, 2010

Five more examples of Modern Architecture in Ottawa

If you read my previous post on 10 examples of Modern Architecture in Hintonburg and Westboro, or the latest edition of Ottawa Magazine, you will know that the Modern style is seeing a resurgence in new residential infill developments in Ottawa.

In this post, I provide five more examples of Modern Architecture, mostly from in and around the Glebe, including two houses that show that this style has been around for a long time.

First is this house at 716 Golden Avenue, near Westboro. Built in 1975, the entire house is clad in brick, rather than the corrugated galvanized steel seen on so many Modern houses built today. If your interested, this house is currently up for sale by the original owner for a cool $1.1 million. For a short time, at least until it sells, you can check out the real estate brochure to see pictures of the inside.

Now over to the Glebe.

Freen House at 5 Clemow Avenue is not only one of the best examples of Modern Architecture in the city, it is also testament to the fact the despite its name, Modern Architecture dates back to the first half of the 1900s. Originally built in 1958 in the Modern style, architect John Donkin went to work on it in 2006 re-cladding the exterior and adding tons of new windows to vastly improve the connection to the outside. He also gutted the 2200 square foot interior to create what the owners describe as fluid spaces that are open to interpretation. Below you can see pictures from both before and after the renovation. The total budget for this renovation in 2006 was $435,000 - under $200 per square foot. If you would like to see more pictures of the inside of Freen House or read about this project read Capitalizing on the basics on the Canadian Architect website, or visit John Donkin's website.

Further south in the Glebe, there are a number of newer houses in the Modern style. Close to Freen House are these newly built semi-detached houses 171 First Avenue.

This house at 135 Glen Avenue was built in 2009.

And here is another at 341 Sunnyside Avenue.

I have updated my map of the locations of these Modern style houses in Ottawa. It's a bit too far on foot to visit all these houses in one day, but it might make for a great Sunday afternoon bike tour once summer arrives.


  1. There is a house you might also want to check out in Centretown - I don't know the exact address but it's a street over from the townhouse I used to live in when I lived in Ottawa. It's on MacLaren between Percy and Bay. On the south side of the street. Very gorgeous - I'm sure you'll be able to spot it quite easily.

  2. Thanks Vero. Through the magic of Google Maps street view, I think I have found it. Is this the one you were thinking of? Copy and paste the URL below into a web browser:,-97.15369&sspn=37.347818,67.763672&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Maclaren+St,+Ottawa,+Ottawa+Division,+Ontario&ll=45.412061,-75.702174&spn=0.004941,0.008272&z=17&layer=c&cbll=45.412008,-75.702322&panoid=YOAwVa5vsTWPNdpEWbYSbQ&cbp=12,147.36,,0,-3.87

  3. Yup - that's the one! It's stunning! It was for sale a few years ago so we had checked out its MLS listing - very cool inside also. Alas, a bit out of our price range, heh.

  4. Have you seen this house in Vanier?,-75.674727&sspn=0.001393,0.003422&split=1&filter=0&rq=1&ev=zi&radius=0.1&hq=re+hotel&hnear=&ll=45.438623,-75.674708&spn=0,0.003422&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=45.438551,-75.674809&panoid=YxLDoIUqYLL_IvkZ4EGrzA&cbp=12,321.3,,0,4.86