mermaid and jalousie glass wall with street light in the background
post-war bungalow at 68 Glengrove, Toronto, before and during demolition
vitralite tiles, glass shower doors, and jalousie windows with mecanisms being removed at 68 Glengrove
glass doors and vitralite tiles being installed
BEFORE and AFTER
This cafe design was part of another project documenting 1950’s post war homes in North Toronto. Many of the original owners had lived through the war and in these houses since their construction. They were selling to a new generation demolishing them to build “monster” homes.
These large bungalows were made from high quality materials, craftsmanship and a style unique to the era: solid wood paneling, stonework, neat light fixtures and wallpaper design, modern millwork, etc. An appreciation for this era was yet to come.
For this very low budget project many of the materials for the café were reclaimed from a couple of post war homes. The jalousie shutter-like glass windows and mermaid glass shower doors were reused as a screen separating cafe and boutique, vitralite glass tiles were removed from bathrooms and used as counter and backsplash, heavy cast aluminum handles reused on cabinetry. Also discarded streetlights, retrieved from city scrap yards, were custom built into new fixtures.
On site the entire floor was stripped to uncover the original wood and the existing party wall brick was exposed. The design was re-interpreted by the contractor.
Area: 1000 sq.ft
End of project: 1996