Thursday, 15 September 2016

Week 37 Architects, Part Two

Last week I started to write about the eight important architects that are found in the family tree.  Then I realized there was far too much to write in just one blog and decided to break the information shared in two blogs.  A natural break seemed to be by country and last week covered the architects that lived in the UK.  This week’s blog will be on the last 3 architects that lived in Canada.

Mary Jane Palin was born in Ireland in 1852 to Richard Palin and Jane Wilson.  She married a George Hudson Blakey in Sunderland in 1874.  They went on to have five children and two of them were architects. 
Richard Palin Blakey and William George Blakey
Richard Palin Blakey was born in Sunderland in 1879 and learned his trade there.  He married in England in 1906 and then they emigrated to Canada in 1907 and lived in Edmonton, Alberta. He was appointed Provincial Architect and took direct responsibility for the design of all provincial government buildings until 1925 and then started a private practice with his brother.  Richard died in Edmonton in 1963.

Some of the buildings attributed to Richard Palin Blakey are;
Government house, a residence for the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta, Edmonton, 1913
CourtHouse, Calgary, 1913
Provincial Parliament Building, Edmonton, 1912
Provincial Jail, Fort Saskatchewan, 1913  
Court House, Taber, 1918
Municipal Hospital, Mannville, 1919
Edmonton Exhibition, Women's Building, 1919
Royal Alexandra Hospital, major addition, 1919
Provincial Institute of Technology & Art, Calgary, 1921
Power Generating Station, Calgary, 1921
Court House, Blairmore, 1923
Municipal Hospital, Wainwright, 1927
Government House, Edmonton
 William George Blakey was born in Sunderland in 1885 and he learned his trade there and then followed his brother to Canada in 1907.   He took a job in his brother’s department but left in 1909.  After the war, William started off on his own and then in 1925 joined ranks with his brother.  He married in Edmonton in 1914 and died in 1975.

Some of the buildings attributed to William George Blakey in Edmonton are;
Edmonton Journal Building, 1920
Christ Church (Anglican), 1921
Mcfarland Building, 1922
Edmonton City Dairy, 1927
103th Street, residence for Dr. Conrad G. Geggie, 1929
Canada Safeway Store, 1929
100th Avenue, residence for David Reidford, 1930
Central Masonic Temple, 1930-31
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Barracks, 1934 
First Lutheran Church, 1938
Masonic Temple, 1931

Richard Palin was born in Chester in 1835 to Richard Palin and Lucy Robinson.  He married in 1864 in England and he and his wife and first child emigrated to Ontario, Canada in 1867.  They settled in Collingwood and had four more children there. 
Philip Coles Palin
 Philip Coles Palin was born in Collingwood in 1871.  He moved to Toronto in 1889 where he became a draftsman for Gordon & Helliwell and in 1894 he was employed by the House & Land Investment Co. as a draftsman.  In 1897 he had left Toronto and opened an office in Rat Portage (now Kenora), but then returned to Toronto in 1898 and in 1899 he joined the office of Charles J. Gibson as draftsman.  Sometime in 1900 he moved back to Collingwood and opened an office under his own name, and continued to work there until 1924.  He married Beatrice Harris in Collingwood in 1901.  Philip and Beatrice went on to have five children.

By 1925 he was back in Toronto, as a staff architect with Bell Telephone.  Then in 1930, he moved to Ottawa and worked for the Dept. of National Defence as an architectural draftsman in the Engineering Services Branch.  He retired in 1945 and died in Toronto in 1957 and was later buried in Collingwood

Some of the buildings in Collinwood that are attributed to Philip Coles Palin are;
Ste. Marie Street, residence for T.N. Brown, 1900
Hurontario Street, residence and office for Dr. Joseph R. Arthur, 1900
Minnesota Street, residence for W. Bryan, 1900-01
Second Street, residence for Michael P. Byrnes, 1901
Minnesota Street, residence for John McGill, 1901
Ontario Street, residence for W.B. Hamilton, 1903
Maple Street, residence for Alex Johnson, 1903
Elgin Street, residence for D. Wilkinson, 1903
Beech Street, residence for H.B. McFadzen, 1903
Fifth Street, at Oak Street, residence for Alexander Cooper, 1903
Niagara Street, residence for Godfrey E. McLean, 1903
Agricultural Hall, 1909
All Saints Anglican Church, a Parish Hall for the church, 1911
Hurontario Street, Fire Hall, 1911
Federal Building, Hurontario Street, 1914-15
Federal Building, Collingwood

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