Paul Baldwin fonds - Neil R. Darrach research files series
5.5 cm of textual records
63 photograph slides
13 photographs : col ; 10 x 15 cm
History / Biographical
Born in Southwold Township in 1850, Neil R. Darrach later moved to St. Thomas during the railway boom and began a career as a noted architect. He opened his office in St. Thomas in 1879, and a few months later was awarded his first contract to design the Centre Street Baptist Church. Over 24 buildings in St. Thomas are recognized as Darrach designs; of note, this includes the First United Church, the Grand Central Hotel, Memorial Hospital, St. Thomas Masonic Hall, Myrtle Street Public School, Balaclava Street Public School and the Mickleborough block in downtown St. Thomas. He desinged several prominent homes in the community including the former Anderson family home on Rosebery Place and the former Gilbert family home on Margarget Street. He was also commissioned to reconstruct the Elgin County Courthouse, after the original building was gutted by fire in 1898. Many of Darrach's buildings now have historical designation including Wellington Street Public school, St. Thomas City hall, Old St. Thomas Public Library, Princess Avenue play house (originally a church), and the former Southern Loan building.
From 1911-1917, Darrach moved to Regina, Saskatchewan where he designed a number of notable historic buildings. In 1917, Darrach returned to St. Thomas where he re-entered into partnership with architect John T. Findlay, who was Darrach's associate before he moved to Regina. He remained in St. Thomas until his death in 1926.
Scope and Content
Series contains material related to architect Neil R. Darrach, collected and maintained by historian Paul Baldwin. Includes original and photocopied newspaper articles, reference material, correspondence, and handwritten and typed notes pertaining to Darrach's personal and professional lives. Also includes photographic slides and prints of buildings designed by Darrach in St. Thomas and area, as well as in Regina.
Paul Baldwin fonds - Miscellaneous research files series
1.4 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series contains miscellaneous files compiled by historian Paul Baldwin regarding architects and architecture in St. Thomas and Elgin County. Includes a list of architects in the region, information about David Kilpatrick, and research notes and articles from Baldwin's "Legacy" column published in Community News.
Paul Baldwin fonds - John T. Findlay research files series
10.8 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
John T. Findlay was born in Scotland in 1844 and was a prominent architect in Iverness from 1901-1905. He emigrated to Canada in 1907 and settled in St. Thomas, Ontario, where he became a draftsman for Neil R. Darrach. He worked briefly for John L. Thomas, an architect in London, Ontario who had opened a branch office in St. Thomas. In late 1909, Findlay moved to Toronto and spent two years in the office of Ellis & Connery before returning to St. Thomas in 1911 to open an idependent architectural office under his own name. Findlay maintained his practise until 1917. Around this time, he rejoined Neil R. Darrach, who had returned to St. Thomas after working in Regina, Saskatchewan for a brief period. Together they formed a new partnership, Darrach & Findlay, and collaborated until Darrach retired in 1925. Findlay continued to operate his own office until 1947. During the Second World War, Findlay temporarily moved to Ottawa to assist the federal government with designs for wartime structures. He died in St. Thomas on December 20, 1947, and his office was subsequently acquired by George Morley.
Some of Findlay's notable designs in St. Thomas and Elgin County include Scott Street Public School, Aldborough School Section No. 11 building, the Talbot Street YMCA building, the Curtis Street YWCA building, Memorial Hospital, Grace United Church, West Lorne town hall and the Port Stanley Public Library, among others.
Information paraphrased from John T. Findlay's entry in Biographic Dictionary of Architects in Canada.
Scope and Content
Series contains research material collected by historian Paul Baldwin about St. Thomas architect John T. Findlay. Includes photocopied and original newspaper clippings, reference material, correspondence and handwritten notes. Also includes a project journal maintained by Findlay and Neil R. Darrach, 1900-1915.
Series consists of correspondence of Robert Marshall Anderson and Donald Hume Anderson with various soldiers from the St. Thomas area who served during the Boer War/South African War (1899-1902), the First World War (1914-1918), and the Second World War (1939-1945).
Much of the Boer War/South African War-era correspondence is between Robert Marshall Anderson and his brothers Archie and Duncan, both of whom served in the conflict, Duncan as a physician in the medical corps, Archie in the infantry. In addition, Robert Marshall Anderson corresponded with some of his employees serving as soldiers in South Africa.
The First World War correspondence features letters to and from an employee of the Anderson Department Store, Warren Andrews, who served with distinction and returned to St. Thomas at war's end with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Correspondents include Robert Marshall Anderson and Anderson Department Store employees E.G. Cooper, Ruby Copeman and Donald McCallum.
Much of the Second World War correspondence consists of letters written to Donald Hume Anderson by Anderson Department Store employees injured while serving as soldiers during the Second World War expressing thanks for care packages sent to them during periods of convalescence. Correspondents include Corporal Carlyle R. Taylor, [Petty Officer?] W. Jack Taylor, Sergeant Thomas W. Hanna, Sergeant E.J. (Ted) Higginbottom, Corporal A.W. Shaw, Private F.E. Lapp, and Doug Keith. Includes stationery and envelopes bearing various military insignia. Series also includes correspondence dated 1945-1946 between Donald Hume Anderson, in his capacity as an officer of the St. Thomas-Elgin Rehabilitation Committee, and various individuals and agencies including the Canadian Department of Veterans Affairs.
Series includes the following files:
Correspondence of Private P.H. Stacey, 1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F1
Correspondence of Duncan Anderson, 1900-1901. C5 Sh5 B1 F2
Correspondence of Archie Anderson, 1899-1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F3
Correspondence of Archie Anderson, 1899-1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F4
Correspondence - Anderson Department Store staff to W.A. Andrews, 1916. C5 Sh5 B1 F5
Correspondence - E.G. Cooper to W.A. Andrews, 1917. C5 Sh5 B1 F6
Correspondence - Donald McCallum to W.A. Andrews, 1917. C5 Sh5 B1 F7