Mural Map of Canada

Ontario Gothic

Organization: Village of Islington

Style: Heritage

Artist: John Kuna, 2011

Based on a photo of the Appleby family taken around 1900 in front of their farmhouse on the northwest corner of Dundas St. West and Islington Avenue, this mural is intended as a parody of Grant Wood’s iconic 1930s painting entitled “American Gothic”. A little known fact about that work is that the couple shown were not husband and wife. The same is true of the couple here; the man is William Appleby shown with his sister Mabel. The Appleby’s farmhouse was built in an Ontario Gothic style with fine gingerbread trim.

Location: 4990 Dundas St W, Etobicoke, ON M9A 1B8, Canada | Get Directions