Fonds C 33

John M. Lyle fonds

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John M. Lyle fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

348 photographs

12 centimetres of textual records

98 architectural drawings

8 drawings

9 watercolours

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records created by John M. Lyle through his work as an architect, as well as items collected by his family following his death.

Lyle practised architecture in Toronto between 1906 and 1945, designing a variety of buildings and structures across the country, including houses, churches, banks, gardens, statues and bridges. His professional records include architectural drawings and photographs of buildings he designed, correspondence, speeches and other writings.

The fonds also contains a small number of personal records, including watercolours and art drawings that Lyle completed during his formal training in France, family photographs and correspondence.

The fonds has been arranged into five series.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

John MacIntosh Lyle (1872-1945) practised architecture in Toronto, Ontario between 1906 and 1945.

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Lyle, John M. (John McIntosh), 1872-1945
Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has expired. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use these records for purposes other than for research and private study, please submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Fonds was acquired from Norah Lyle Harris, the daughter of John Lyle, on May 9th, 1979. Additional material was donated in June, 1991 and in 2003 by W.O. Miller and in 2010 by the Central Presbyterian Church.
Associated Material

Books from Lyle’s personal library are held by the Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton. Architectural drawings exist at a number of Ontario archives and galleries: such as, Bank of Nova Scotia Archives, Toronto; Toronto Dominion Bank Archives, Toronto; Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Parkwoods Archives, Oshawa.

Related Material

Records by John M. Lyle appear in: Douglas Kertland Fonds (C 13); Central Presbyterian Church Fonds (C 48), which documents Lyle's major church commission in 1907 ; Anthony Adamson Fonds (C 58), which contains drawings of the Toronto Union Station prepared in connection with Ross & MacDonald and H.G. Jones.


Title based on contents of the fonds.

Former Codes

Accession Numbers: 12885, 24378, 43552.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
C 33-1 John M. Lyle's architectural projects
C 33-2 John M. Lyle personal photographs
C 33-3 John M. Lyle writing and speeches
C 33-4 John M. Lyle art drawings and watercolours
C 33-5 John M. Lyle correspondence