This website makes references to a number of terms that may not be familiar to you. Use the links below to explore this glossary.


International (1950 - 1965)

The International style characterized by flat roofs, smooth and uniform wall surfaces and large horizontal expanses of casement windows set flush with the plane of the wall. Vertical supporting pillars provide relief. Right angles are highlighted throughout. Overall, the International style emphasized the use of modern materials suggesting the machine are aesthetic and the concept that form should follow function.


Italianate (1880 - 1900)

This style, associated primarily with two or three storey, rectangular (almost square) residential structures, was loosely modeled on the Renaissance domestic architecture of Rome and Florence. The style was brought to Manitoba by early settlers from Ontario where it was popular at the time of migration. Distinguishing features include round and segmented arch windows that are frequently arranged in pairs, long verandahs, and very low pitched roofs with extended eaves that are supported by ornate brackets.