is an explanation of some of the architectural
styles that you will find in Ontario Canada. Find these on the
left of the Glossary page or on
the Building Styles page. The Building
Styles page takes longer to load because there are a great
To describe the buildings it is necessary
to use architectural terms. For those not familiar with these
terms, there are links in both the text and the image. Move
your cursor over the picture and you will can find links to
pages describing these architectural terms. Don't forget about
the Back button.
This website was made to help people of all ages appreciate
the architecture in their own town or city. Architecture is
the most accessible of all the art forms, and once you start
looking at buildings, you will never stop.
By looking at the different styles of architecture and understanding
the terms and where they came from, you may find that buildings
that you have known for years become more interesting.
The architectural styles described are all from Ontario Canada,
but the "vocabulary" of the buildings is often hundreds
or thousands of years old. For further reading, there is a bibliography
on the page "About this Site".
explanation of some architectural terms. These are found on
the right side of the Glossary page
and on the Building Terms pages. Because
there are so many pictures, the Building
Terms pages take much more time to load than the Glossary,
but if you are looking for a particular architectural feature
and can't remember the name, you may find it in these pages.
The Building Terms
section was set up for many reasons. Almost all building styles
in Canada originated somewhere else. Some Terms pages will give
you a historical perspective. For example,
Ionic columns originated in Greece before 500 B.C. These columns
can be found in Classical Revival
and Neo-Classical architecture
in Canada, the United States and Europe. Pages on Greek
Architecture , the Ionic order,
etc. will illustrate some of the origins of these building terms.