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20 February 2007

The Châtelaine House

The Châtelaine House at Expo 67 was sponsored by the Canadian Lumbermen's Association and the Canadian women's magazine Chatelaine. The 2-storey house was designed by Winnipeg architect Gustavo de Rosa, who won first prize in a nationwide design contest.

The theme of the Châtelaine House was Man and His Home, and everything about it, from building materials to furnishings, was Canadian.

The main floor of the Châtelaine House had a pass-through kitchen which seperated the family room from the living and dining areas. The kitchen was outfitted with the very latest in modern kitchen equipment.

The basement included a garage, a work and a gardening area, and a wine cellar with floor-to-ceiling cubbyholes fashioned from red drainage tiles. There was also a cherrywood-panelled laundry room.

Natural gas played an important role in the functioning of the Châtelaine House. It powered such devices as the furnace, water heater, stove, dryer, fireplace, barbecue, patio lights and pool heater, to name a few.

The house was also equipped with a sophisticated ventilation system: forced air heating and air conditioning emerged from a recessed utility core. This included humidity control and dust, smoke and pollen removal.

images: personal collection



Blogger Davecat said...

Interior design - meh.
Exterior design - o, baby. :-) Good find!

11:44 pm  
Blogger Jason Stockl said...

I admit the walk through kitchen is not amazing. It looks like any apartment out of the 1960's...

The living room is cool though, especially the houndstooth couches...

I think the Chatelaine House wanted to represent a realistic portrayal of a modern family dwelling.

And, let's remember, for 1967 Canadian design, this was probably cutting edge...

7:36 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dream house: no doubt. Where is it now? Who won it?

4:21 pm  
Blogger Jason Stockl said...

I'll try to find out, Alain...

4:40 pm  
Blogger Jack Ruttan said...

Elements of that interior certainly remind me of my home as a kid. My mom was an interior designer in that era.

We had a beautiful "Clairtone" stereo with spherical speakers, Italian leather and chrome chairs (the cushions always slid off), and scandinavian teak tables like that.

6:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The house still exists forty years later. It is located on highway 6, just outside Owen Sound, Ontario, betweem Owen Sound and Shallow Lake.

7:14 pm  
Blogger Jason Stockl said...

Thank you, Anonymous, whoever you are!

8:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are there any indications that there was a car in the garage during the exhibit? Or maybe one in the driveway? Any original actual photographs taken by a visitor? Thanks for any and all replies.. Bluepacer

8:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like some regrettable changes were made to the exterior surfacing... This was easy to find on google with the previous poster's directions. If the link doesn't work, try searching for the intersection of highway 70 and drive-in crescent in owen sound, ontario.


1:46 am  
Blogger Jason Stockl said...

Wow, thanks for the link!

7:48 am  
Blogger Munro said...

Another replica was built in Warren PA, just a 4 hour drive from Toronto. I had the change to tour the home last year and it's amazing. The owner visited expo and loved the house. He then wrote to Expo and didn't receive a reply so he wrote directly to the architect who sent him a copy of the original plans. He then had this house built and it was completed in 1969. It's now for sale at $199,000.00 http://www.realliving.com/Avista-Properties/homes-for-sale/PA/Warren/16365/371-Bent-Twig-Road-72951561

12:29 am  
Blogger Jason Stockl said...

Thanks for the info and link, Munro! What I wouldn't do to be able to completely restore one to its mid-century splendor!

8:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband and I bought this house almost 3 years ago! It looks like the one in Owen Sound! I should post a pic!

10:39 pm  
Blogger John McFetridge said...

A few weeks ago I took some pictures of the house near Owen Sound. Some of the exterior has been painted but otherwise it looks to be in excellent condition.

11:43 am  

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