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Concrete Block Bungalow

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By andrewgadd

Concrete Block Bungalow

Original site - porch enclosed - reflects current look. Click the photo for a larger view.

Concrete Block Bungalow

Original site as constructed - open porch. Click the photo for a larger view.

About My Bungalow


Located in Ingleside, Ontario, Canada. The house was relocated from the village of Wales, Ontario in 1957 due to flooding of the St Lawrence River Valley for construction of the St Lawrence Seaway. It was the last house moved from the village of Wales and the heaviest house moved overall.

Constructed by A. Stuart, assumed before 1920. Locally known as a "California" house.

Favorite Details


Lots of original Arts and Crafts features - wood, window nooks with bench seats, prominent simply designed stairway with two stairways (from front hall and kitchen) joining to one halfway up. Large open rooms. Partially enclosed porch was originally open but enclosed in original style, shortly after building. Large storage closets behind kneewalls.

Lessons Learned

  • Keep everything simple, the Arts and Crafts style loves simplicity.

Jackie Craven, About.com Architecture, says:

Fascinating! This house must have been extremely heavy to move, since it was constructed using molded concrete blocks, a very popular method of construction at the turn of the 20th century. Inventor Harmon S. Palmer of Chicago filed a series of patents between 1900 and 1910 to capitalize on the method. Learn more from Gail Tischler's illustrated essay "Do-It-Yourself Concrete Blocks." Knowing the construction method and materials of an older home is a clue to the age of a house.

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