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Research Methods class to author commemorative neighbourhood booklet

October 8, 2009
Bradley Allen, Kristin Rourke, Bridgid Byrne & Jo Hickson

Bradley Allen, Kristin Rourke, Bridgid Byrne & Jo Hickson


Architectural History students in the Research Methods in Architectural History class this fall are focusing their class efforts on doing research on the Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent neighbourhood, which will celebrate its centennial in 2010.  In preparation for that anniversary, the department was invited by Jo Hickson, President of the Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent Garden Club, to research and write a commemorative booklet examining the history of the neighbourhood, its defining urban and architectural features and discuss its significance as one of the earliest automobile suburbs in America.  Hickson visited our Research Methods class today to present an overview of information about the neighbourhood and to plan out the topics to be studied.

They will be analyzing such topics as profiles of the original developers, the relationship of its urban design to the City Beautiful Movement, the prevailing architectural forms and features of houses, the impact of zoning issues and development covenants or restrictions, the role of subsidiary outbuildings (such as chicken coops!), and demographics of representative households.

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