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2 Aug 2018

Magnolia House

Design: William Dewson Architects

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Magnolia House

Magnolia House in Toronto

A century old home by early twentieth century architect Hamilton Townsend in Toronto’s characteristic Rosedale neighbourhood. In 2016, it was revived by architect William Dewson, who has done comparable work to Townsend’s Rosedale homes for over a decade.

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With the Magnolia House, Dewson strikes a thoughtful balance between a number of dichotomies that he confronts. Principal among them is the balance between the classical character of the original Townsend house and the unique character of a client with decidedly contemporary tastes.

Magnolia House in Toronto

Magnolia House in Toronto

This expresses itself in opposite, but not contradictory characteristics of the space, which meet in balance: elegance and warmth, line and curve, rich textures and clean slates, dark and light. Dewson has achieved a sense of balance in the Magnolia House that spans time, space, and detail.

Magnolia House in Toronto

Magnolia House in Toronto

What were the key challenges?
– Preserve the integrity of the original home’s cultural heritage
– Satisfy local preservationist groups
– Design a home that would go above and beyond current industry standards and live on for another 100+ years.
– Build for durability and with sustainable features in mind

Magnolia House in Toronto

Magnolia House in Toronto

What was the brief?
Following a string of 100+ year homes renovations design by early 20th century architect Hamilton Townsend, Architect Bill Dewson devised his “Rosedale Revival” approach to renovating old homes and bring them to modern standards of living while preserving the integrity of their cultural heritage and give them another 100+ year lease on life.

Magnolia House in Toronto

Magnolia House in Toronto

Magnolia House, Toronto – Building Information

Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 3

Magnolia House in Toronto

Magnolia House in Toronto

Photography: Arnaud Marthouret and rvltr

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Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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