- 1956-1982, 1994 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
7380 architectural drawings, 2040 photographs, 10.36 linear meters of textual records, and other material
1005 prints (816 b&w and 189 col.)
7 inkjet prints
743 35mm col. slides
208 negatives (125 b&w and 83 col.)
5 copy negatives (4 b&w and 1 col.)
35 polaroids (10 b&w and 25 col.)
1 b&w transparency
36 b&w contact sheets (317 frames)
4 award plaques
1 framed medal
Name of creator
Peter George Hemingway was born in Minster, England in 1929. He was trained at Rochester Technical College in Kent, then immigrated to Canada in 1955 in response to a Government of Alberta advertisement aimed at recruiting architects. After working briefly at the Alberta Department of Public Works, he entered into a partnership with Charles Laubenthal in 1956 before taking over as sole proprietor following the departure of Laubenthal in 1966. Over the course of his career, Hemingway completed over 200 projects, largely in the Edmonton area, including schools, hotels, offices, churches, shopping centres, senior citizen homes, and various residential homes and multi-family developments. Among his numerous projects located in Edmonton, significant projects include Coronation Pool (1970, renamed the Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre in 2005), Central Pentecostal Tabernacle (1964 & 1972), Edmonton Inn (1965 & 1973), Stanley Engineering Building (1968), Johnstone Walker Store (1964), and Muttart Conservatory (1976). Hemingway also designed several notable projects outside of Edmonton, including Market Square Kitchener (1972), Yellowknife Courthouse (1972), and Calgary’s Chinook Shopping Centre (1974). Hemingway was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1981, and he served as president of the Alberta Association of Architects in 1982. Hemingway was a frequent contributor to Canadian Architect and other architectural publications, particularly as an advocate for Prairie architecture and design. He received two Massey Medals in architecture in 1970 for his projects Coronation Pool and the Stanley Building, becoming the first Alberta architect to win a Massey Medal. In 2012 the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada recognized the Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre (formerly Coronation Pool) with a Prix du XXe Siècle as a landmark work of Canadian architecture. Hemingway died on May 15, 1995.
Majority of the fonds was donated to the Canadian Architectural Archives by Peter Hemingway in multiple accruals between 1978 and 1987.
Records in accession 2017.110 were donated to the Canadian Architectural Archives at the University of Calgary by Mistaya Hemingway, Peter Hemingway's daughter, in 2017.
Records in accession 2019.67 were donated to the Canadian Architectural Archives at the University of Calgary by Maureen Hemingway, Peter Hemingway’s wife, in 2019. The awards comprising this accession were maintained by Peter and Maureen Hemingway in their house and continued to be maintained in their house following the death of Peter Hemingway.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Fonds was donated to the Canadian Architectural Archives by Peter Hemingway in multiple accruals between 1978 and 1987.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Fonds consists of architectural drawings, photographs, correspondence, minutes, reports, specifications, articles, awards, and other records documenting the architectural career of Peter Hemingway from 1956 to 1982. The majority of the fonds consists of project records, including drawings, textual files, and photographs, though there is also a small volume of office files (general correspondence, a project portfolio, and an organizational chart), as well as several files documenting Hemingway’s professional activities as an advocate of Prairie architecture through talks and articles. The fonds documents over 200 projects, largely in the Edmonton area, including Coronation Pool, Central Pentecostal Tabernacle, Edmonton Inn, Stanley Building, Johnstone Walker Store, and Muttart Conservatory, as well as several notable projects outside of Edmonton, including Market Square Kitchener, Yellowknife Courthouse, and Calgary’s Chinook Shopping Centre. There are four series in the fonds: 1. Professional records; 2. Office records; 3. Project records; 4. Additional donations.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
No further accruals expected.
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Conditions governing access
Conditions governing reproduction
Hemingway estate retains copyright. CAA permits reproductions for the purposes of research, exhibition, publication, project work, or other purpose deemed appropriate by the CAA.
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Existence and location of originals
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Related units of description
Includes archival material from accessions 35A/78.15, 92A/80.27, 135A/82.20, 171A/83.26, 215A/85.08, 236A/87.04, 2017.110, and 2019.67
Title based on contents of fonds.