Samuels Residence — 1958

The Samuels Residence, photo by James Dow.

The Samuels Residence, photo by James Dow.

13842 Ravine Drive

Designed by: McKernan and Bouey Architects
Original Owners: Joseph and Fanny Samuels

The Samuels Residence was built in the newly developing neighbourhood of Capital Hill in Glenora. It was a show piece of the new Modernism that was emerging in home design, particularly with its flat room and rectangular forms and volumes.

The Samuels Residence, photo by James Dow.

The Samuels Residence, photo by James Dow.

The Samuels house incorporates large expanses of glass that accentuate the relationship of the inside to the outdoors. Light also falls deep into the house through a row of continuous clerestory windows. An angled plan that conforms to the property lines creates a deep, front entrance garden recess, which draws visitors into the house. The landscaping around the house makes use of the Mugo pines which were added later and were popular in the mid-century Modern period to provide visual privacy. 

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