More than 74 years ago, Sir Walter Lindal founded Lindal Cedar Homes in Toronto, Ontario. Sir Walter held 21 patents and countless awards for outstanding designs and breakthrough innovations in the then-fledgling modern prefab homes industry. More than 50,000 Lindal Cedar Homes have been built since our founding.
It all began in 1945, when, at the age of 26, Sir Walter Lindal left the Canadian Army following WWII to start his own home manufacturing company in Toronto, Canada. By 1948, the first independent dealer opened an office in Hamilton, Ontario.
In a breakthrough move, Sir Walter Lindal relocated his company in 1962 to the cedar country of Vancouver, British Columbia. That same year, Sir Walter Lindal received his first patent. Through the 1960s and 1970s, Lindal Cedar Homes began shipping internationally, first to Europe, then to Japan. The company moved its headquarters to the United States, establishing its current Seattle location in 1971.
As more and more homeowners requested sunrooms on their new homes, in 1982, Lindal added sunrooms and room additions to its modern prefab homes product offering. The following year, Lindal acquired Justus Homes to add a refined log home product for customers interested in a log home.
A lot of things have changed since Lindal Cedar Homes was founded. What has not changed is the Lindal team’s passion for unique home design and quality craftsmanship—we’ve found it never goes out of style.
Sir Walter Lindal (1919-2011)
1945 Home Design Plan Book
1955 Home Design Plan Book
1967 Home Design Plan Book
1977 Home Design Plan Book
1984 Home Design Plan Book
1997 Home Design Plan Book
2007 Home Design Plan Book
Sir Walter Lindal in his youth.
Historical images from Lindal Cedar Homes.
1957 Colonial Homes, the precursor to Lindal Cedar Homes.
A home materials truck delivery by Colonial Homes in 1953.
The patented Lindal A-Frame on the cover of a 1966 issue of Popular Mechanics
The Lindal 1967 A-Frame
Historical Plans From Lindal Cedar Homes.
Sir Walter Lindal held many patents.
Sir Walter was a lifetime inventor and entrepreneur.
Three Generations of the Lindal Family.
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