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Architectural style


  • 1 Modern

    After the First World War, designers sought to break from the past and looked for an esthetic that would be free from historical references. Modern architecture was adopted by many influential architects and architectural educators. Very few "modern” buildings, however, were built in the first half of the 20th century. The style gained popularity after the Second World War and became the dominant architectural style for institutional and corporate buildings for three decades. While the exact characteristics of modern architecture are open to interpretation, it often incorporates “modern” materials such as steel, glass and concrete. Form follows function – it is often simplified, with very little ornament. Modernism has many streams, each with its own esthetic and theoretical background. Places of worship in the modern style are very common all across Ontario. Additionally, many recent additions to older places of worship were executed in the modern style.

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