Fonds paa-6449 - Magoon and MacDonald Architects fonds

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Magoon and MacDonald Architects fonds

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PAA paa-6449

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  • 1904-1924 (Creation)
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    Magoon, Herbert Alton

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0.13 m of textual records. - 19 architectural drawings. - 1 blueprint

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Herbert Alton Magoon was born July 4, 1863 in Warwick, Quebec. He was educated at the District Schools in Sherbrook, Quebec and then studied architecture in Chicago. After completing his studies, Magoon practiced architecture in Iowa and Sydney, Nova Scotia before establishing a business in Edmonton in 1904. He was soon involved in the design of some of Edmonton's most prominent buildings and ranked among the leaders in his profession. George Heath MacDonald was born in Prince Edward Island in 1883. At the age of 16 he left home and became a draughtsman under the tutelage of Herbert Alton Magoon. He completed his education at McGill University in 1911, moving to Edmonton, Alberta soon after to become a partner in the architectural firm of Magoon and MacDonald. Together Magoon and MacDonald were responsible for the design of many buildings in Edmonton including Concordia College, St. Stephen's College, the Tegler Building, the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Building, the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) Building, the Federal Building, and many prominent residences. During World War II, the firm designed many of the new buildings associated with the municipal airport. Herbert Magoon died in 1941 and George Heath MacDonald died twenty years later in 1961.

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George Heath MacDonald was born in Prince Edward Island in 1883. At the age of 16 he left home and became a draughtsman under the tutelage of Herbert Alton Magoon. He completed his education at McGill University in 1911, moving to Edmonton, Alberta soon after to become a partner in the architectural firm of Magoon and MacDonald. Together Magoon and MacDonald were responsible for the design of many buildings in Edmonton including Concordia College, St. Stephen's College, the Tegler Building, the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Building, the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) Building, the Federal Building, and many prominent residences. During World War II, the firm designed many of the new buildings associated with the municipal airport. Mr. MacDonald passed away in 1961.

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The records in this fonds were donated by Mr. R. Fenske to the Provincial Archives of Alberta, via Tom Court of the Provincial Museum in 1978.

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Fonds consists of records of the Edmonton architectural firm of Magoon and MacDonald including business correspondence regarding constrictions and modifications to various structures and office buildings; detailed specifications for 13 Edmonton and vicinity projects including hotels and private residences; and 20 architectural plans and drawings, primarily of churches in and around Edmonton.

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Some items are torn and have been rolled or folded for many years. Many of the papers are in rather poor condition (i.e. they are either torn or discoloured.);Oversize plans and blueprints have been unrolled and placed into large acid-free folders. Other records have been placed into acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.

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  • The material is in English.

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Access Conditions: None. Use Conditions: Subject to the Copyright Act. Permission for use required.

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Associated archival material relating to Magoon and MacDonald Architects is located at the City of Edmonton Archives, Edmonton, Alberta. The records of George Heath MacDonald are held at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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Most of the information in the biographical sketch was obtained from the Administrative History/Biographical Sketch of the MacDonald and Magoon Architects fonds located at the City of Edmonton Archives.<br><br>Record No. Fonds consists of the following accessions: PR1978.11<br><br>

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