Twelve Modern Houses 1945-1985


64 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Bibliography
ISBN 1-895176-72-7
DDC 728'.022'271




Reviewed by Denise C. Jakal

Denise C. Jakal is an architectural writer in Edmonton.


Twelve modern houses, taken from the collection of the Canadian
Architectural Archives, are surveyed in this slim, well-designed
publication. A brief introduction on the use of the modern style in
house design is followed by drawings (particularly working drawings),
photos, and short essays on the selected projects. The essays provide
insights into the use and theory of modernism without being overly
philosophical. The drawings, it should be pointed out, are on a scale
that often makes the details hard to discern; those unfamiliar with
reading plan, elevation, and sectional working drawings may have trouble
comprehending them.

This well-researched and timely volume serves as an effective
jumping-off point for those interested in studying modern house design
in greater depth.


Livesey, Graham, Michael McMordie, and Geoffrey Simmins., “Twelve Modern Houses 1945-1985,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 27, 2024,