|Ron Thom Home|
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Set on a high point of land, renown architect Ron Thom and the owners created a house that would blend in with the natural surrounding. The home takes full advantage of its position with every room offering wonderful vistas of the Escarpment ridgeline or distant views towards downtown Toronto. Ron Thom's ability to use natural materials and glass is unmatched. It is easy to understand why the owners and the architect were inspired by the property which offers approximately 25 acres with trails, woodlands, open meadows, 50+ mile views and extensive frontage along the Credit River.
The Architect, Ron Thom
Forest, ocean, craggy slopes - these are widely considered the key influences on architect Ron Thom's West Coast inspired residences. To those natural factors we may add several human factors: boats, art and Frank Lloyd Wright. All of these influences synthesize brilliantly in Mr. Thom's residential projects (from the Globe and Mail).
When one studies this Caledon site with the Credit River, the rising Escarpment ridge across the valley and the unfolding views, you can see why this location was a perfect setting for one of Canada's pre-eminent architects. Ron Thom is credited with being a master at linking residential interiors to the out-of-doors.
From the Canadian Architectural Archives we learn that Ronald James Thom was born on May 15, 1923 at Penticton, BC. He trained as a painter at the Vancouver School of Art, graduating in 1947. The next year, Thom indentured with the firm of Thompson, Berwick, Pratt & Partners (Vancouver, BC), and in 1957 became a registered architect. Thom was a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Member of the Ontario Association of Architects, Member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, and Member of the Province of Quebec Association of Architects. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law (LL.D) by Trent University, and an honorary Doctorate of Engineering. Thom passed away in Toronto, ON on October 29 1986.
Awards: Winner of Design Competition for Massey College, University of Toronto; Citations of Excellence in Architecture (4) - International College and University Conference and Exposition; Toronto Chapter Annual Design Award; National Design Council Merit awards (2); Canadian Housing Design Council Award; Canadian Architect Yearbook Award of Excellence.
The Land & Lois Lister, Landscape Architect
The property encompasses approximately 25 acres including meadows, gardens, forests plus the established areas around the house and tennis court. Highlights of the property include the views of Caledon Mountain and the Devil's Pulpit plus approximately 1000 feet of frontage on the fast flowing Credit River.
The landscaping was designed and created under the watchful eye of Lois Lister. Lois Lister was born in Lancashire, England, in 1919. She studied Economics at Cambridge University and at Radcliffe College, Harvard, in the United States before moving to Canada in the 1940's.
Lois Lister designed many gardens for Toronto's prominent citizens: Paul J. Phelan, George Black, Montague Black, H.N.R. Jackman, Anthony Adamson, Joe Rotman, the Bacardi family, George Chater, William Heaslip, and Karl Heisey of Burlington. She worked with many architects (Horne Residence: Ron Thom, Klamer Residence: Irving Grossman and extensive work with Napier Simpson. After a distinguished career, Lois Lister passed away in Toronto in 1995.
Lois Lister's work, reputation, and significance as a landscape architect and garden designer is well attested. Indeed, she had an international reputation even though her activities were mainly in Ontario. She was an early member and one of the first women admitted to the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, and was also an Associate of the American Society of Landscape Architects (Source: University of Guelph). The drawings and design for these gardens are now housed in the archives at the University of Guelph.
The Floorplan Overview
2 piece bathroom plus hall closet, opens into Living Room
Hardwood floors, southern views over the grounds, open concept to breakfast area
Family room combined with breakfast area
Hardwood floors, walk-out to patio, fireplace with stone hearth, built in bookshelves, pot lights
Hardwood floors, expansive glass windows, walk-out to patio, fireplace with wood storage
Built-in sideboard, walk-out to gardens, floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick wall and ceiling details.
An impressive light-filled expansive room with walk-out to your own private vine covered roof-top patio. Hardwood floors, wall of windows, combined with study, built in bookshelves, built in closets, en-suite with 4 piece bathroom and separate toilet, pot lights
Bedrooms 2, 3, 4
Broadloom, built in closet, window views.
5 piece, rain-head shower, jet tub, hardwood, pot lights
4 piece, hardwood floors
Main floor laundry
Laundry sink, storage cupboard, tile floor with drain
Placed along the east side of the home this Library/Office space could serve many purposes. This end of the home could even serve as an entirely separate living suite. Hardwood floors, walk-out to patio, pot lights, built in bookshelves, built-in desk area.
This area of the home includes a 2 piece Powder Room, closet, and storage room with sink.