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Free tour of our landscape architecture

The Cultural Landscape Foundation, a Washington, D.C. based not-for-profit organization that raises public visibility of landscape architecture, has chosen Leaside for a walking tour on Sunday, May 24 as part of its Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape conference.

Leaside was chosen because it was recognized as having a “notable designed landscape,” from the Colonial survey grid and the “orphan” houses of early settlers (John Lea Jr., James Lea, Thomas Elgie), now misplaced in relation to today’s street pattern.

Leaside is believed to be the first new town in Ontario designed on garden city principles with gently curving and diagonal streets with a rhythmic consistency of uniform setbacks and Modern Classicism style of architecture.

The free walking tour starts at 4 p.m. from EPI Bakery at Millwood and Bayview.