Archives and Special Collections
Fonds F0014 - J. Francis and F. Bruce Brown fonds
CA ACU CAA F0014
J. Francis and F. Bruce Brown fonds
- 1897, 1926-1972 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
ca. 48 drawings
ca. 800 photographs
ca. 800 photographs
Name of creator
Canadian architects. John Francis Brown was born in Levis, Quebec in 1866, but attended school in Plymouth, England. He returned to Canada in 1882 and trained for architecture in various Toronto offices, including Edwards & Webster. In 1888, he was resident architect on the Board of Trade Building for the firm James & James of New York. He was one of five architects chosen for the second stage of the competition for the British Columbia Parliament Buildings (Victoria, 1891). In 1929, he collaborated with William Lyon Somerville on the design for McMaster University (Hamilton, ON). He was a member of the Architectural Draughtsmen's Club (1886-1892), a member of the Eighteen Club (1899-1902), and a member of the Ontario Association of Architects (1892). Francis Bruce Brown was born in Toronto in 1899. He received his B.Arch. (Honours) from the University of Toronto in 1923 and was the recipient of the Architectural Guild medal. That same year he was awarded the Ontario Government French Travelling Scholarship and studied at the Fontainbleau School of Fine Arts in France during 1923-24. He received his M.Arch. from the University of Toronto in 1925. He joined his father's firm in 1926. He married Myrtle Estelle Hare in 1930 and they had five children: two boys and three girls. His architectural specialty was churches, designing over 100 churches throughout Canada. In the late 40s he and E.F. Ross Brisley partnered in the firm Bruce Brown & Brisley (1946-1952). The firm later changed to Brown Brisley & Brown (1952-1972). F. Bruce Brown was a President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, an Associate in the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Honorary Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, and an honorary life member of the Ontario Association of Architects.
Acquired by donation 1977 and 1979.
Brown, John Frances, 1866-1942. ; Brown, Francis Bruce, 1899-1983.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Fonds consists of drawings, colour slides, and prints and negatives from the architectural practice of John F. Brown and F. Bruce Brown, 1897, 1926-1972. Significant projects include: Monroe County Court House, Rochester, New York; Competition Drawings, Legislative Buildings, Victoria, BC.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Further accruals expected.
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Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
Conditions governing reproduction
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Language and script notes
The material is in English.
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Related units of description
Includes record nos: 19A/77.68, 51A/79.07, 53A/79.09, 58A/79.14
Title based on contents of fonds.