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Fonds F0042 - Donald Bittorf fonds

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Donald Bittorf fonds


  • 1956-1975 (Creation)

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ca. 3,490 drawings and other material

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Donald Bittorf was born in Edmonton in 1926. He studied architecture at the University of Washington, where he received the American Institute of Architects Undergraduate Scholarship and the University of Washington Architecture Alumni Traveling Scholarship. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1954 and continued his architectural education at Harvard, which was still strongly influenced by the leading Modernist intellectuals of the twentieth century, such as Gropius, Breuer, Moholy Nagy, and Alto. He received his Masters degree in architecture and an American Institute of Architect's Second Award in 1955. Returning to Edmonton, Bittorf built a practice based on the Modernist ideals and offering a range of services including architecture, urban design, interior design, and graphic design. Bittorf was active in professional and community service including serving on the council of the Association of Alberta Architects, the boards of the Edmonton Art Gallery, Northern Lights Theatre, and the Fort Edmonton Historical Society. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, and a Phi Beta Kappa, Scholastic Honorary and Tau Sigma Delta, Architectural Honorary.

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Acquired by donation in 2004.

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Fonds consists of drawings, display material, photographs, slides, and office files from the architectural practice of Donald Bittorf. Significant projects include: The Concourse - Campeau Corp.; Principal Plaza - Campeau Corp.; Dickensfield Extended Care Centre; 112 Ave. Rapid Transit Station; Business Administration and Commerce Building, University of Alberta; Law Centre University of Alberta; the Edmonton Art Gallery; and the Zolf Residence.

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Includes ca. 1m textual records, ca. 130 of display material, ca. 1355 photographs and ca. 4296 slides.


Further accruals expected.

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