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A History of Domestic Space

Privacy and the Canadian Home

This is a history of domestic space in Canada. Peter Ward looks at how spaces in the Canadian home have changed over the last three centuries, and how family and social relationships have shaped – and been shaped by – these changing spaces. A fundamental element of daily life for individuals and families is domestic privacy, that of individuals and that of the family or household.

192 pages

Table of Contents

1: Housing and Privacy

2: Interiors

Little House, Big House

The Question of Crowding

The Organization of Household Space

Domestic Technology and Interior Spaces

The Bathroom

The Parlour

The Kitchen

The Bedroom

The Apartment

3: The House in Its Setting

The Farmhouse

The Villa

The Home in City and Suburb

The Front of the House

Porches, Verandahs, Patios, Decks Gardens and Yards

4: Privacy and the Canadian Home


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