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The Carports of Pleasant Valley
June 2 @ 7:00 pm - June 25 @ 5:00 pm
The Car Ports of Pleasant Valley
Francis Fougere is an architectural photographer for over 35 years and has been working on this project for a number of years photographing the car port with the intent of documenting this form of urban residential architecture.
The post war years produced a need for lots of new housing. The CHMC commissioned a number of architects to create drawings for suburban single family dwellings that could be bought for ($50.) very modest sums. These housing catalogues from the late 40s to the mid 60s have mostly been put online and look very familiar in the Dundas neighbourhoods. My interest began many years ago as I was brought up in similar home design in suburban Montreal.
The Car Port
In terms of suburban residential architecture the car port made it’s debut, either as a stand alone structure or as a continuation of the bungalow roof line. The car port was soon to be replaced by the full garage within 20 years. Growing up in this time we were in the space race, men were landing on the moon and sci-fi were showing images of futuristic space ports and cars docked in car ports. Car port construction had it’s day in that era.
In the fall of 2008 I assembled a list of addresses along Pleasant Avenue and surrounding streets that have fine examples of the car port. I approached the home owners and asked for permission to photograph their home over the course of months mostly in the early morning and late afternoon light. In 2010 I expanded my area to include some excellent examples of car ports on the other side of Old Ancaster Road. As the project developed, it took on it’s own character and the residents came out to talk about the architecture and the neighbourhood. The images also took some direction going from colour to B&W and then going to a form of infrared B&W. I am exhibiting 15 -20 large format prints on 24 inch wide archival paper and framed in a shadow box archival frame of my own design and construction.
I can be reached at the following number if you have any questions concerning this project.