Those interested in architecture, Toronto or old houses will enjoy this impressive book. [blog carried by Alliston Herald, Barrie Advance, Blue Mountain Courier Herald, Collingwood Connection, Huronia Bush Times, Innisfil Journal, Midland Mirror, Meaford Express, Orillia Today, Stayner Sun, Wasaga Sun) (Glenn Perrett http://www.metrolandnorth.typepad.com/glenn_perret
[Review from earlier edition:] Tom Cruickshank does it again, in illustrating the rich diverse and sometime eclectic architecture in Toronto... breathtaking photography of John De Visser. (Edifice Magazine
[Review from earlier edition:] There isn't a lot of esoteric information here, but there's lots of eye-candy. (Annette McLeod Toronto Sun
[Review from earlier edition:] Like taking a heritage tour... distinguished by rich, diverse histories and unique architectural character. If you love older graceful houses... (Style at Home
[Review from earlier edition:] Stunning pictorial books, such as [these], inspire and encourage us to keep looking for that beautiful old house. [Featured with Old Ontario Houses] (Gillian Hobbs Antique and Collectibles Showcase magazine
[Review from earlier edition:] Elegantly done. (Clive Irving Conde Nast Traveler
[Review from earlier edition:] A thing of great beauty and charm, something that will draw from you oohs and very possibly aahs. (Nicholas Pashley University of Toronto Bookstore Review
[Review from earlier edition:] An expansive look at residential gems ... beautifully illustrated with more than 400 photographs. (Simon Avery Globe and Mail
[Review from earlier edition:] The pictures and detail encourage a walking tour of homes in Rosedale, The Annex, Parkdale or Wychwood Park and many other neighbourhoods. (Waheeda Harris National Post
[Review from earlier edition:] Tours of outstanding Toronto neighborhoods... lavish... sure to popular with architectural and historical buffs and serves as a renewed wake-up call to preservationists. (Brian Dexter Toronto Star
[Review from earlier edition:] The admirable writing is overshadowed only by the stunning photos. (Greg Gatenby Books in Canada
[Review from earlier edition:] A book that consciously decides to put the city's best architectural foot forward, and does it beautifully... very visually impressive... dramatic. (Catherine Nasmith Acorn: The Journal of The Architectural Conservanc
From the Author
To a photographer the delightful assignment to photograph some 250 old Toronto houses, as delightful as it most certainly is, nevertheless presents some specific problems. Several of the houses will, of course, face north. This means that the sun will shine on their facade for only one period of time during the summer. And, because the early light is the most desirable light, it means getting up very early indeed... The very pleasant part of that is that nobody else is up yet so that for at least an hour or so one can drive around with ease and work in terrific 'peace and quiet.'
Toronto is favored with many beautiful, tree-lined streets. The problem that this presents, however, is that many of the trees stand right smack in front of and very close to the houses! In order to get a good photograph of such houses one is therefore limited to taking the picture in late fall, winter, or early spring.
Another circumstance one learns very quickly is the garbage collection and on which day of the week it happens in different parts of the city. As lovely as a well-separated collection of blue-box material may be to garbage collection fans, a street-long line of blue boxes does not add much quality to a photograph...
But all in all, the experience of really seeing such a variety of architectural styles, such a collection of interesting color schemes and so many houses obviously so lovingly maintained has been very rewarding, indeed.
John de Visser
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.