Sitting so close to the United States, and with influences from France, Great Britain, Asia, and Europe, building styles in Canada are familiar but different, eclectic, and unique. Bonnie Shemie, who studied the houses of North America’s native peoples, has created a beautiful and informative volume that defines this country’s history and geography through its buildings.
Among the styles that dot the landscape are Quebec’s maison Canadienne based on France’s peasant cottages, brightly painted homes of the Atlantic seaports, the sod houses, prefabricated buildings and false fronts that dominated the prairies, popular Ontario farm house design, Montreal’s famed duplexes with exterior staircases, and uniquely Canadian chateau-style hotels. Building Canada also looks at the importance of modern building materials, restoration efforts, and city planning. Complete with timeline and glossary.
About Bonnie Shemie
Bonnie Shemie was born in Ohio and attended college in Pennsylvania. She came to visit her brother in Montreal in 1972 and decided to stay on to paint, marry, and raise a family. In addition to her books on Native architecture for children, she has designed stained glass windows and architectural ornamentation. Her paintings sell in fine galleries in the Montreal area.
“High visual appeal and equally high information quotient. Shemie’s paintings of Canada’s rich and very diverse architectural profile are nothing short of exquisite.”
–The Globe and Mail
“Building Canada is an interesting and informative volume which not only teaches the reader about architecture, but also tells wonderful stories of Canada and the wide variety of people who settled here.”
“Building Canada is a fascinating introduction to architecture and the forces that influence it…[It] demonstrates, as a book about architecture should, a flair for decoration and design, and a commitment to quality.”
–Quill & Quire
“Bonnie Shemie’s beautifully illustrated Building Canada invites children to discover the architecture that surrounds them and that is as much a part of their heritage as the Maple Leaf…a useful reference as well as a treasure to explore.”
“…a marvelous resource for young Canadian historians with this colourful picture book…handsome, kid-friendly…a welcome new resource.”