Series C 11-101

Cumberland and Storm's architectural records relating to University College in Toronto, Ontario

About these records

Cumberland and Storm's architectural records relating to University College in Toronto, Ontario
Dates of Creation
[18--]-1859, [189-]-1915
Physical Description

737 architectural drawings

6 files of textual records

12 photographs : black and white print

Sub-series forms part of

C 11 J.C.B. and E.C. Horwood collection

Scope and Content

Series consists of architectural drawings depicting plans, elevations, sections and details of University College, currently part of the University of Toronto, located at King's College Circle on the University of Toronto St. George campus.

This series contains a very comprehensive set of contract drawings, with masonry details, of exterior and interior decorations, and wrought iron work designs. There are designs for the library and geological museum fittings, the porter's lodge on College Street, an aerial bird's-eye view of the building, north side perspectives, one of which depicts a carriage in the foreground, a large interior perspective of the Geological Museum, a detail for the arch over and framing the main entrance to the building, an unattributed pencil sketch of a wooden rail and various heraldic emblem designs.

Included are sections depicting the original Convocation Hall, the School of Chemistry, the Library, the East, West and South Wings, the Central Hall and the Geological Museum. Included also are reference drawings possibly provided by several British firms when Cumberland and Storm visited the British Isles. These are part of project numbers: 1639 - 1644 and 1655 and include drawings of universities, lunatic asylums and museums by William Wilkins and the Irish firm of Deane and Woodward.

This series also includes sets of specifications for all trades, as well as photographs depicting the college after the fire in 1890.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Frederic William Cumberland (1821-1881) was an architect, engineer, and railway manager in Upper Canada during the nineteenth century.

Cumberland and Storm was a Toronto, Ontario-based architectural firm established in 1852; it dissolved in 1863 from evidence of the drawings, but the firm name continued until 1866-1867.

Edmund Burke was a Toronto architect who worked with a number of architectural firms as well as privately. He was one of the founders of the Ontario Association of Architects and served as its president.

Burke and Horwood was a Toronto, Ontario based architectural firm which existed from 1894 to 1908 and designed a variety of buildings across Canada.

Burke, Horwood and White was a Toronto, Ontario based architectural firm which existed from 1908 to 1918 and designed a variety of buildings across Canada.

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Burke, Horwood and White (firm)

Cumberland, Frederic William, 1820-1881

Cumberland and Storm (firm)

Burke and Horwood (firm)

Burke, Edmund, 1850-1919
Restrictions on Access
Many drawings have been set aside and are not accessible for conservation reasons. Contact a Reference Archivist for more information.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use any of this material for purposes other than research and private study, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Related Material

For related photographic records not identified as being University College, but which may represent some of the heraldic emblem designs used for the college refer to Series C 11-949, Unidentified photographs collected by the firm of Burke, Horwood and White.

Former Codes

Project number(s): 103, 104, 104a, 105, 107, 107a, 114, 115, 118, 119, 125, 135, 137a, 138, 138a, 747a, 751-drawings 5-14, projects 1639 to 1644, 1655, and 1697. The series includes architectural drawings previously identifies as Series C 11-1432 (project 1697) by an unidentified creator.

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