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[192-]-[ca. 1941], predominant 1927-1932 (Creation)
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934 architectural drawings
27 cm of textual records
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Eric Ross Arthur (1898-1982) was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and was one of Canada's most prominent architects and architectural historians.
Educated in England, Arthur emigrated to Canada, where he was appointed Professor of Architecture at the University of Toronto. He developed a strong interest in early Ontario architecture, and in 1932 he founded the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, to promote interest in the preservation of Ontario's architectural heritage.
Arthur wrote a number of books of architectural history, including "Toronto: No Mean City" in 1963, (later revised with Stephen Otto in 1978); "The Barn: A Vanishing Landmark in North America" (with Dudley Witney, 1972); and "From Front Street to Queen's Park" (1979). He received numerous awards for his scholarship and activism on behalf of heritage preservation, including two L.L.D's, two Gold Medals (one from the Corporation of the City of Toronto), and the Order of Canada.
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Fonds consists of materials created, received and collected by Eric Arthur as an architect and while he was a professor of architecture at the University of Toronto. This fonds is divided into seven series: Photographs of Ontario buildings taken by Eric Arthur (C 57-1); Photographs of Eastern Ontario barns and houses (C 57-2); Canadian architecture photographs from the National Parks Branch (C 57-3); Photographs of buildings, tombstones and street scenes collected by Eric Arthur (C 57-4); Scrapbook of Toronto buildings (C 57-5); Photographs of Ontario houses and tombstones (C 57-6) and Architectural measured drawings collected by Eric Arthur (C 57-7).
The fonds also contains index cards (Sub series C 57-1-3), arranged alphanumerically by Arthur to correspond with many of his photographs.
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