Illustration of the Victoria Trend House designed by Joe DeCastriVictoria Trend House in Western Living Magazine

I just came across this article on the Western Living Magazine’s blog with an article featuring some of the home design articles from the 50s including a nice little mention of the Victoria Trend House, designed for Gwendolyn Cash by John Di Castri.   Throwback Thursday: Western Living Homes from the 1950s

Maclean’s Magazine May 1954

Here’s a lucky find – a Maclean’s Magazine May 1954 issue with promotional material on the Trend House Program in Canada, including company promos for products used in the program.

Trend House Inspired Artwork

It’s been while since posting anything so I thought I’d go a quick post on a small artwork project we completed recently. I was looking for something to hang in the staircase going downstairs and had always wanted to create a piece of art that was Trend House related. Looking though some newspaper archives the […]

Trend House Mini Tour

We recently put together a short video tour of the Calgary Trend House, taking a look at the public spaces in the house and talking a little bit about some of the unique features of the house and the program that created it.

Holiday Inn by Rule, Wynn, Rule 1964

I came across this great postcard the other day of the Holiday Inn, built in 1964 and designed by the Calgary office of Rule, Wynn, Rule, the designers of the Calgary Trend House.

Avenue Magazine Article

We are very excited to have our friends at Avenue Magazine include an article on the Calgary Trend House in their February 2016 “Modern Vintage” issue.

New photo gallery added

It’s been a while since we added some photos of the house, so here’s a new gallery of post-restoration photos.

Newly upholstered dining chairs

Over the last little while we’ve come across a couple of sets of 50s/60s dining room chairs and picked them up for a decent price at the Avenue Antiques Market here in Calgary. With Avenue Magazine coming by to do a photoshoot for an upcoming edition, we thought it was about time that we had […]

Calgary Downtown MCM Tour, Oct 10 2015

Details of a Mid-Century Modern tour of downtown Calgary, put on by the Esker Foundation and the Calgary Heritage Initiative on October 10th 2015.

The Trend House Program Report via SSAC

A while back, Allan Collier got in touch with us to let us know about an article he wrote in 1995 for The Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada (SSAC) Bulletin

Original interior colours in the Trend House

What were the original colours used in the Calgary Trend House in 1954? Based on some written accounts we put together some swatches.

Claybank brick in the Trend House

Claybank brick which was used in the Calgary Trend House was an industrial fire brick also used in warships and to line the launch pads at Cape Canaveral.

Calgary Jane’s Walk 2015

This past May, Karen Paul from the Britannia Community Association put together an excellent Jane’s Walk examining 50s Modernism in the community of Britannia, and asked us whether we would consider having the Trend House take part.

Calgary Trend House Designated!

Well after a series of delays primarily around scheduling and ‘animated’ City Council meetings, the City Council voted unanimously to pass a bylaw that will formally designate the Trend House as a Municipal Historic Resource.

Toronto Trend House ArticleToronto Trend House Article – Apr 2005

Looking through my email archives the other day I came across an article from the Globe & Mail in April of 2005 by Dave LeBlanc which describes the great care with which the current owner, architect Charles Bunker is preserving and restoring the house originally designed by Eric Ross Arthur.

Calgary Trend House Illustration by Michael KurtzCalgary Trend House Illustration

Just a fun little post today – we recently got a card from our friends at the Desert Star Bungalows in Palm Springs which featured a Kurt Cyr illustration on the front, and we loved it so much that I thought I’d try my hand at rendering the Calgary Trend House in the same manner, […]

Image of the Calgary Trend HouseTrend House Brochure Available as PDF

We’ve finally gotten around to creating a high resolution downloadable version of the Trend House brochure. If you would like a copy, click here to download it.

Front Door Restoration

In the fall of 2013 we undertook a restoration of our original front door. Well, to be honest, the lock broke and we had to cut out the bolt to get the door open, so I guess that was a sign that the time was right. The biggest change we noticed was that the door had […]

Calgary Trend House in the Globe & MailTrend House in the Globe and Mail

We were so excited to spend some touring the Trend House with Dave LeBlanc, who has written weekly as “The Architourist” for the Globe and Mail. His work has also appeared in The Toronto Star, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Concrete Toronto (Coach House, 2007) and international architecture magazines.

Illustration of the Victoria Trend House designed by Joe DeCastriVictoria Trend House Visit

In addition to great food and sightseeing, our trip to Victoria, BC was extra special because of an invitation we had to come along and visit the Victoria Trend House. Designed by John DiCastri, it is definitely the smallest, and arguably the most interesting of the Trend Houses constructed. Built in 1954, it has a […]

Calgary Trend House listed as an Evaluated Historic Resource

Well it took a while to work through the process, but the Calgary Trend House has finally been added to the City of Calgary’s Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources!

Fir Plywood Handbook

Always on the look out for documentation that represented the technology of the house, we came across a small handbook. produced by the PMBC called “Carpenters Fir Plywood Handbook”. Not only is it a great guidebook for carpenters and architects, it is filled with fantastic drawn illustrations…

Victoria Trend House In Good Hands

Earlier this year we lost the Montreal Trend House after a thwarted attempt to get the property protected. Happily the opposite is the case for the Trend House in Victoria, designed by John Di Castri.

Montreal Trend House Demolition

After a lot of lobbying and efforts to explain why it deserves to be saved, Beaconsfield Council upheld the demolition permit and the house was torn down.

Montreal Trend House set to be demolished

Sadly, the Beaconsfield City Council voted today (5-1) to allow the demolition of the Montreal Trend House, designed by Phillip Goodfellow. Over the past 8 weeks or so, a concerted effort was made to raise awareness of both the home as well as the Trend House Program in order to try and stop the demolition, […]

Ideal Home Exhibition 1957

I’ve always wondered what the small badge on the front of the Trend House Catalog was all about and after some poking around today I managed to find out. In 1957 a model Trend House was built for the annual Ideal Home Exhibition in London England. The model house has many of the signature elements […]