Fonds consists of textual and photographic records created and accumulated by the architectural firm Sproatt and Rolph.
Included in the fonds are architectural drawings, including plans, elevations, sections, details and shop drawings. While most of the material deals with Toronto-based projects, those in other Ontario cities are represented, including projects in Ottawa, Cobourg, Guelph, Etobicoke Township, North York Township, Scarborough Township, Oakville, Orillia, pickering, Port Hope, St. Catharines, Sarnia, Welland, Woodstock and Whitby.
Reference drawings of work executed by other architects is contained in this fonds. These architects and firms include Abraham Wilson, William Ralston, Joseph Austin Thatcher, E.E. Woodley, Harold Carter, Charles Brammall Dolphin, George Allan, Walter N. Moorhouse, Charles J. Gibson, Bradford L. Gilbert, William A. Langton, Donald N. MacVicar, J.C.A. Heriot, and George Martell Miller, Moleworth, West and Secord, F. Hilton Wilkes, Chadwick and Beckett, James A. Murray, Stevens and Lee, R.J. Edwards and Saunders, F.R. Barnes, and Gardiner Cowan. In addition, the fonds contains the works of others associated with the firm including Charles Beverly Sproatt, Samuel George Curry and Gladstone Evans. There are also a number of measured drawings, executed by C. Peake Anderson, of British cathedrals and churches.
The fonds also contains textual material, including correspondence relating to projects carried out by the firm. Specifications to various building trades are in typescript and include instructions to tenders provided by the architects, as well as to the various engineers engaged for these projects. A few contracts are also provided for some projects. As well, a scrapbook of newspaper articles relating to architectural projects undertaken by a number of Toronto firms, including Marani, Paisley and Morris. Other published material includes various journals, pamphlets, bulletins, as well as an Order of Dedication for Knox Presbyterian Church in Ottawa. Included in the textual material are three professional certificates belonging to Henry Sproatt, including membership in the Ontario Association of Architects, a certificate of appointment to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and undated certificate appointing Sproatt as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Fonds also includes photographs depicting interior and exterior views of many of the firm's building projects. Some of the photos appear to have been used to accompany articles in architectural journals, and sheet proofs from these publications are included, with illustrations from these photographs. As well, there are many photos of bronze ornamental objects and plaques, of alabaster figurines and sculpted figures, as well as of heraldic crests and illuminated manuscripts. There also are numerous photos depicting streetscapes and buildings in the British Isles.
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