Fonds F01347 - William Lyon Somerville fonds

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William Lyon Somerville fonds

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CA ON00239 F01347

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  • 1932-1960 (Creation)
    Sommerville, William Lyon

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1 microfilm reel : positive, 1 microfilm reel : negative

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William Lyon Somerville, ARCA, FRAIC, FRIBA was a distinguished Toronto architect born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1886. He was educated at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of America (New York City) and began his career with the New York firm of Dana and Murphy. He had a long, energetic and successful career based in Toronto, practicing for a substantial period under the well-known firm name Somerville, McMurrich and Oxley. Mr. Somerville was elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He received an honourary Bachelor of Laws degree form McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

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The fonds consists of thirty diaries and one notebook covering the years 1932 to 1960. The diaries and notebooks reflect the work the Somerville undertook during that time and include work at Niagara Parks, Queen Elizabeth Highway, and Fort Henry.

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Donated by Mrs. W.L. Sommerville.


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  • English

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MF 3149-3152

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  • Shelf: MF 3149-3152