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  • 1 Edwardian Classicism

    Edwardian Classicism is associated with the reign of King Edward VII (1901-10). The style incorporates Classical features (colonettes, voussiors, keystones, etc.), but they are understated and applied sparingly. Edwardian Classicism has simple, balanced designs, straight rooflines and relatively simple detailing. Cornice brackets and braces are block-like; most doors and windows have flat arches or plain stone lintels. Buildings in this style generally have smooth surfaces and many windows. Compared to the exuberant Victorian predecessor styles, Edwardian Classicism exhibits more compact and simplified massing, restrained use of ornament and less elaborate colour schemes. Detailing is inspired by that of the English Renaissance architects Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren. Popular for residential, commercial and institutional buildings at the turn of the 20th century, this style is relatively uncommon among Ontario’s places of worship. Religious order residences associated with places of worship, however, often employed Edwardian Classicism.

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