Architectural Research Opus 33 Years in the Making

by Don Wall
Daily Commercial News, Jan 11, 2016

Image: The Royal York Hotel, now the Fairmont Royal York, in Toronto was designed by Sproatt and Rolph and by Ross and MacDonald, Architects, 1928-29. Courtesy of DCN, photo by William Mewes(Image: The Royal York Hotel, now the Fairmont Royal York, in Toronto was designed by Sproatt and Rolph and by Ross and MacDonald, Architects, 1928-29. Architect Robert Hill says he has a special admiration for its chateau-style building typology. Courtesy of DCN, photo by William Mewes)

A Herculean, if not Sisyphean, effort by Toronto architect Robert Hill to compile information on every important building constructed in Canada between 1800 and 1950, along with biographies of some 2,300 architects from that period, is close to completion after 33 years of work.

The project, titled Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950, aims to list “every Canadian building of importance between 1800 and 1950 whose architect can be identified, together with essential information on the date of design, construction, alteration or demolition of the work.” Read more…

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