There are only a handful of Art Moderne examples in the predictable sprawl of Ontario's suburbs. This home (named the Hambly House for its first resident) had become an iconic sight in the Westdale neighborhood of Hamilton. But by the time a couple with one child purchased it in 2013, the house was in a state of decay.
Now restored, a new second floor addition features dramatic curving glass that quickly recalls the original first floor's rounded edge; streamlined curves such as these are a defining characteristic of Art Moderne architecture.
Alongside DPAI Architecture and Toms + McNally Design, the couple held open houses throughout the planning phase so that neighbors could have a say in the finished look. Although the main goal for the renovation of the ground floor was to create a more open floor plan, it was equally important to preserve as many details as possible.
Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White paint color, which was used throughout the home, lets the African mahogany flooring stand out.
When the renovation was complete, the address became a celebrated rarity once again. Only this time, the construction of a second story—complete with a complementary curved glass wall—is poised to raise a new set of eyebrows.
This week our readers loved this 1939 Art Moderne gem saved from ruin and gifted a second story glassy addition.