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Henry Hodge Horsey (1830-1911)
NORTH WAKEFIELD, QUE., Methodist Church, Masham Township, 1874-75 (Christian Guardian [Toronto], 20 Jan. 1875, 22)

DOMINION METHODIST CHURCH, Metcalfe Street at Queen Street, Ottawa 1875-76 (Daily Citizen [Ottawa], 8 March 1875, 1, descrip.; Free Press [Ottawa], 10 June 1875, 4, descrip.; 7 Oct. 1876, 4, descrip.)

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Richmond Hill Methodist Church Construction-1880

Walton, Charles Albert (1845-1908) was born at Leeds, England in January 1845 and was brought to Canada by his parents in 1856. He served an apprenticeship under William Kauffman of Toronto and was said to have possessed ‘a natural taste for the profession, and entered actively upon it on his own account, travelling extensively and practising in Toronto, Montreal, Albany, Detroit and Chicago (biography in Dominion Illustrated [Toronto], 1891-92, 122). He was a partner in the Detroit office of Knapp & Walton in 1875-76, and maintained his own office there in 1876-77; he claimed credit for the design of the Michigan Central Building in that city, but this cannot be substantiated in other source material. Upon his return to Toronto he joined in a partnership with William Storm; the relationship was short-lived however, and by 1878 he had commenced practice on his own account (see list of works under Storm & Walton).

During the next thirty years he worked in Toronto under his own name except for a brief period in late 1895 when he was joined by Luke A. Woods, an obscure figure. George M. Miller worked as an apprentice in his office from 1883 until 1885. In 1881 Walton prepared an elaborate Gothic design for Grace Church, Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg (Winnipeg Daily Times, 3 May 1881, 1, descript.;). His proposal was not built however, yet he was mistakenly credited with the design of this building erected two years later and designed by James Chisholm.

In Toronto his major work was the innovative design for the Toronto Arcade, Yonge Street, 1883-84, with its elaborate ‘Neo-Grec’ facade and arched entrance demarcating the pedestrian shopping walkway leading through to Victoria Street. Regrettably this important Canadian precedent for the urban retail shopping complex was demolished in 1955.

Walton suffered a stroke in late 1906 and died in Toronto on 23 September 1908 (obituary in the Telegram [Toronto], 24 Sept. 1908, 7; Toronto Star, 24 Sept. 1908, 1; biography in C.B. Robinson, History of Toronto and the County of York, 1885, i, 358; M. Bixby, Industries of Canada-Toronto, 1886, 121) from Dictionary of Architects in Canada

SPADINA AVENUE METHODIST CHURCH, Spadina Avenue at College Street, 1879; demol. 1887 (Globe [Toronto], 14 June 1879, 7, t.c.; Mail [Toronto], 25 June 1879, 4, descrip.)

RICHMOND HILL, ONT., Methodist Church, Yonge Street at Centre Street, 1880-81 (Globe [Toronto], 20 March 1880, 6, t.c.; Christian Guardian [Toronto], 13 April 1881, 119; Jubilee History of Richmond Hill Methodist Church, 1907, 8)

NEW RICHMOND METHODIST CHURCH, McCaul Street opposite Grange Avenue, 1887 (Christian Guardian [Toronto], 7 Sept. 1887, 565)

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Hanover Methodist Church – 1900

Forster, Julian Charles (1860-1934) from Dictionary of Architects in Canada

EUPHRASIA TOWNSHIP, Methodist Church, 1892 (Christian Guardian (Toronto), 16 March 1892, 165)

LYONS, ONT., Methodist Church, 1892 (C.R., iii, 16 April 1892, 1)

ALLANFORD, ONT., Methodist Church, 1900 (C.R., xi, 11 July 1900, 3, t.c.)

HANOVER, ONT., Methodist Church, 1900 (C.R., xi, 11 July 1900, 3, t.c.)

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Bright Methodist Church – 1892

Cuthbertson, Thomas (1848-1894) was born at Lowick Moor, Northumberland, England in 1848 and was brought to Canada in 1860 by his parents who settled in Blanford Township. He worked as a carpenter and as an employee of the Grand Trunk Railway at Brantford, Ont. and ‘..studied architecture while at his trade’.

In 1883 he entered the office of T.H. Goff, an architect of Woodstock, and later bought out the business.

In 1886 he formed a partnership with Joseph A. Fowler of Toronto, but it appears that Fowler chose to remain in Toronto to pursue his own work while the commissions in the Woodstock office of Cuthbertson & Fowler were carried out under the supervision of Cuthbertson.

His designs were eclectic and often highly mannered, incorporating Romanesque Revival features which had rarely been seen outside the large city centres of Toronto, Hamilton and London. A number of his drawings which survive reveal him to be a competent (though not an elegant) draftsman.

In late March of 1894 he became ill from lung inflammation and died on 3 April 1894 leaving an estate of $4300 (obituary in the Weekly Sentinel-Review [Woodstock], 6 April 1894, 1). The Editor is indebted to Mr. George M.H. Douglas of Springbank Consulting Engineers, Woodstock, Ont. for kindly permitting the writer to examine, and to photograph, the original drawings by Cuthbertson & Fowler in his possession. from Dictionary of Architects in Canada

DUNDAS STREET METHODIST CHURCH, Dundas Street at Oxford Street, 1889-90 (Evening Sentinel-Review [Woodstock], 21 March 1889, 1, descrip.; C.A.B., ii, April 1889, 48; dwgs. in the possession of George Douglas, Woodstock)

CURRIE’S CROSSING, ONT., Methodist Church, 1891 (American Contractor [Chicago], xii, 6 June 1891, 41; dwgs. in the possession of George Douglas, Woodstock)

CENTRAL METHODIST CHURCH, Riddell Street, reconstruction of the interior, 1891 (C.R., ii, 15 Aug. 1891, 2)

BRIGHT, ONT., Methodist Church, 1892 (Christian Guardian [Toronto], 7 Dec. 1892, 772)

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Fairn, Leslie Raymond (1875-1971) from Dictionary of Architects in Canada

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, N.S., St. George’s Methodist Church, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 24 May 1911, 61)

AYLESFORD, N.S., Aylesford Methodist Church, 1917-18 (Morning Herald [Halifax], 11 Jan 1918, 2)

DARTMOUTH, N.S., Grace Methodist Church, 1919 (Morning Herald [Halifax], 14 July 1919, 11, t.c.)

HALIFAX, N.S., Oxford Street Methodist Church, 1920-21 (Morning Herald [Halifax], 16 June 1920, 16, t.c.; C.R., xxxv, 25 May 1921, 54, t.c.)

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Gordon, Henry Bauld (1854-1951) from Dictionary of Architects in Canada

BATHURST STREET METHODIST CHURCH, Bathurst Street at Lennox Street, 1887-88 (Globe [Toronto], 31 Aug. 1887, 3, t.c.)

ZION METHODIST CHURCH, St. Clair Avenue West near Christie Street, 1889-90 (T. Champion, Methodist Churches in Toronto, 1899, 269-70, descrip.; J.R. Robertson, Landmarks of Toronto, 1904, iv, 408-11, descrip.)

EPWORTH METHODIST CHURCH, Christie Street at Yarmouth Road, 1890 (Telegram [Toronto], 2 Aug. 1890, 6, t.c.)

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Elliot, Edward (1833-1901) from Dictionary of Architects in Canada

HAMILTON, BERMUDA, Methodist Church, 1881 (Bermuda Pocket Almanack Guide & Directory, 1884, 75-6, descrip.)

LUNENBURG, N.S., Central Methodist Church, Cumberland Street, 1883-85 (Lunenburg Methodist Church – Its History of a Century, 1915, 15)


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