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Toronto architect Edmund Burke : redefining Canadian architecture
Carr, Angela.
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Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, [1995]

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xiv, 233 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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NA749.B87 C37 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Burke's career spanned a key period in Canadian architecture as the profession transcended its colonial beginnings to reach maturity with Canadian-born practitioners who converted both American architectural developments and European traditions into forms appropriate to the new Canadian federation. Burke's contributions to Canadian architecture include introducing the technology of the "Chicago men" to Canada and helping to establish a formal professional organization for architects in Ontario. Carr documents a comprehensive selection of Burke's works, including his firm's famous Robert Simpson store in Toronto, the first curtain-wall construction in Canada. She places Burke's life and career within the larger social context, addressing the influence of American architects and architecture, the sociology of professions, the organization of architectural offices, and the history of particular building forms. Toronto Architect Edmund Burke is not only a study of Burke's life and work; it is also an insightful look into the history of Canadian architecture.

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Carr (Carleton Univ.) has transposed her doctoral thesis into a readable monograph about an important figure in the evolution of Canadian architecture during the later Victorian period. Burke contributed to the establishment of the architectural profession in Canada--completing buildings throughout the nation and providing a consciously Canadian interpretation of aesthetic and technological influences from Britain and the US. His work--and especially the competence he developed in advanced structural systems--is examined in a predominantly thematic and typological format, following two briefer chapters on the state of design in Upper Canada at mid-century and on Burke's training. The text is informative and enlivened by sensible commentaries on projects and buildings. It is augmented by generally well reproduced and mainly historical illustrations, useful endnotes, and a substantial bibliography. This book joins an expanding series of scholarly studies on Canadian architecture and will attract readers beyond professional historians. General; graduate; faculty. R. W. Liscombe; University of British Columbia