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Architectural Records Collection
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Architectural Records Collection

  • CA ON00335 F1029
  • Collection
  • 1857 - 2008

Architectural records are plans, drawings, blueprints, or other graphic or visual documents used in the
design and construction of buildings, landscapes, or other manmade objects. Architectural records are the
result of a lengthy process of gathering and refining data in order to prepare a design and produce final
construction drawings and plans. Using surveys of the construction site, the architect produces rough
sketches and diagrams of the proposed building. Preliminary drawings are then prepared and revised. The
final construction drawings include minute details about size, scale, structural systems, electrical wiring,
plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems, as well as interior and exterior finishes. The final plans,
prepared by a photochemical process, might be reproduced several times, and might be revised as
construction progresses.
The architectural records in this finding aid are listed chronologically, by series number, name of project,
name of architect/architectural firm, and number of items. They have been arranged chronologically,
according to date of building project. Each project constitutes a records subseries. Each subseries has
been described according to name of building project, name of architect/architectural firm, and date span.
Within each subseries, the records divide themselves into files according to type of drawing, such as
sketches, mechanical plans, or detailed drawings. The architect's original organization and system of
numbering has been maintained. When this information has been unavailable, the records have been
organized by date and subject.

Trinity College Archives

Plan of a Subdivision of part of The University Grounds

This sub-series consists of one plan of survey as bounded by Hoskin Avenue to the south, Bloor Street to the north, and St. George to the west. Devonshire Place runs centre to those properties outlined. Annotations highlight properties currently held by the Monk Centre for International Studies, previously Devonshire House, university residences.

Records of related bodies

This series consists of architectural records that have been created for separate bodies but that relate to the built history of properties held or used by the University of Trinity College. Although not created directly for Trinity College, these materials (architectural plans, maps, and surveys), have a bearing on the present physical location or with locations associated with it; these plans may not be directly related to Trinity College use and may include materials not commissioned by the College.

The St. George [Mansions]

This sub-series consists of 7 items: 5 ink on linen drawings for an apartment building at the south-west corner of Harbord and St George Streets, Toronto; 2 blueprint architectural drawings outline changes proposed in 1924 to renovate the building to better serve as a student residence. These changes included the expansion of common areas, and the creation of a chapel on the main floor. These subsequent renovations were envisioned by Darling and Pearson, Architects.

Space Inventory - Area Take-off

This sub-series consists of 48 drawings drawn from several renovation or construction projects. These drawings, generally simple floorplans, were used to generate a space inventory used by the University in scheduling class space, and student residence accommodations.

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