London Trend House

544 Fanshawe Park Road East, London, ON.

Part of a national campaign to promote the use of British Columbia softwoods in residential construction, the Trend House was designed by London architect Philip C. Johnson.  This London “show home” was one of 11 Trend Houses built across Canada, and one of just three in Ontario.  It was open to the public in the summer of 1954, along with those from Victoria to Halifax.

The London Trend House demonstrated modern trends in affordable house design including an open plan, three-pinned arch construction of hemlock, use of built-ins, easy access to outdoor spaces, and a carport.  Trend Houses were furnished with Canadian products recommended by the National Gallery of Canada and Eaton’s.

The Trend House has had a subsequent bedroom wing constructed to the south.  The building has served as a family home, a community gathering space and a child-care centre.

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