The architecture of Andrew Thomas Taylor : Montreal's Square by Taylor, Andrew Thomas; Taylor, Andrew Thomas; Wagg, Susan

By Taylor, Andrew Thomas; Taylor, Andrew Thomas; Wagg, Susan W.; Taylor, Andrew Thomas

By the 12 months 1900, architect Andrew Taylor had designed financial institution of Montreal branches around the continent and masses of McGill college, helped came across the McGill college of structure, and performed a serious position in developing the 1st expert association for Quebec architects. within the structure of Andrew Thomas Taylor, Susan Wagg offers a groundbreaking examine of the existence and paintings of a tremendous determine in nineteenth-century Canadian structure. Born in Edinburgh and proficient in Scotland and England, Taylor spent 20 years in Canada among 1883 and 1904, designing a few of Montreal's so much iconic landmarks. Wagg areas his occupation amidst the wealth of possibilities supplied by way of Canada's excessive society and captains of undefined. Taylor's Canadian relations, Montreal's robust Redpath relatives, introduced him into touch with the small staff of financiers and marketers who managed Canada's future. With the help of such influential consumers as Sir William Macdonald and the financial institution of Montreal, Taylor effectively faced dramatic alterations in development know-how as iron and metal have been more and more used and constructions grew ever taller. He innovatively tailored English and American kinds to the Canadian atmosphere, designing buildings distinctively suited for their position in background. Positioning Taylor's huge designs in the context of his time, The structure of Andrew Thomas Taylor firmly establishes his paintings as a cornerstone of Canadian architecture.

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Photograph, c. 1890. 34 The Architecture of Andrew Thomas Taylor these houses are quite different in plan and elevation, but they are so harmoniously treated and grouped as to get a variey of effects and a picturesque outline from all points of view. They are also in the old English style and are built of red brick with a little timber, tile and plaster work. ” 21 Such deliberate picturesqueness – a product of the irregular massing, colourful materials, and quaint style – certainly drew on work at Bedford Park.

He had a large family: ten children by his first wife and seven with his second (Taylor’s aunt Jane). Despite frequent travels abroad, his eldest son, Peter, became one of McGill’s great early benefactors, continued the family’s gifts to Presbyterian College, and long served as president of the Montreal General Hospital board. Other Redpath children, from John’s second marriage (1835) – and thus Taylor’s first cousins – would be early clients: Francis Robert (1846–1928), a director of the sugar refining company; Emily Jane Bonar (1853–1941), who married Henry T.

By the 1840s many young practitioners – including soon-to-be leaders of the profession – were learning Gothic Revival from Pugin’s books and works. George Gilbert Scott, the most successful of mid-Victorian architects, enthused: “I was awakened from my slumbers by the thunder of Pugin’s writings. I well remember the enthusiasm to which one of them excited me, one night when travelling by railway, in the first years of their existence. I was from that moment a new man. What for fifteen years had been a labour of love only, now became the one business, the one aim, the one overmastering object of my life.

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