The Brantford Cottage
Exploring our very own architectural style.
Angel Panag, September 16, 2022 // Brantford, OntarioA well-maintained Brantford Cottage in Terrace Hill. Photo credit Angel Panag.
You may have noticed that a particular style of housing is extremely common in the city’s older neighbourhoods.
This architectural style, the Brantford Cottage, was developed by local architect John Turner. It can be recognized by its square shape, three bay facade, centre gable and a small window overtop the front door. Between 1875 and 1900, over 150 of these homes were constructed in the areas surrounding downtown.
Brantford Cottages in the East Ward. Photo credit Angel Panag.
Side view of a Brantford Cottage. Photo credit Angel Panag.
On some city blocks the majority of homes are constructed in this style. Photo credit Angel Panag.
A buff brick and red brick Brantford Cottage. Photo credit Angel Panag.
Side view reveals the two colours of brick used in the home’s construction. Photo credit Angel Panag.
While some houses have been painted over or clad in siding, the original sand coloured brick is believed to be completely sourced locally as well. Pretty cool, huh?
What’s your favourite piece of local architecture? Let us know in the comments.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brantford’s native son, Angel spent much of his life living in the far reaches of Canada. After graduating from Dalhousie University, he began a career as a public servant and later in human rights. Meanwhile, remaining strongly rooted in the arts - DJing, managing musicians, producing films, and performing on Broadway. Angel strongly believes in the power the arts have to inspire, and transform communities and people. He is currently a final year Law student, and is excited to help tell stories from his hometown.