Fonds C 214

Charles J. Gibson fonds

About these records

Charles J. Gibson fonds
Dates of Creation
[ca. 1885]-[192-]
Physical Description

4 items of textual records

2 architectural drawings : ink and pencil on paper

22 photographs : silver gelatine, black and white, mounted

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of architectural drawings, photographs and textual records created or accumulated by Toronto architect, Charles J. Gibson.

Includes design specifications, architectural drawings and correspondence pertaining to work performed by Gibson for Mr. F.H. Gooch relating to the construction of a conservatory addition to Gooch's residence at 120 Crescent Road in Toronto and his cottage on Lake Simcoe. The drawings include sketches of a site plan and sections of an ice house attached to Gooch's cottage. Also includes one certificate recognizing Gibson's membership in the Ontario Association of Architects.

Includes a series of photographs documenting: Chandler House, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club memorial capstan, the Queen's Park Archway commemorating the 1901 Royal Visit of the Duke of York and Duchess of Cornwall, Lambton Golf and Country Club and two cottages (all designed by Gibson), as well as the Simpson Family mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Also includes photographs of a series of unidentified residential rooms, either designed or photographed by Gibson.

One watercolour perspective painting by Gibson documents a grand Muskoka cottage he designed in 1902, known as "Kawandag." The painting was damaged by water leakage prior to its donation to the Archives of Ontario but the design of the cottage and its setting remain visible.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Charles J. Gibson (1862-1935) was an architect who practised primarily in Toronto in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Gibson, Charles J., 1862-1935

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Records are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records pertaining to structures designed for Mr. F.H. Gooch were part of a miscellaneous collection of architectural drawings which were accessioned by the Archives of Ontario in 1984. The drawing of the Muskoka cottage, "Kawandag" was donated by Mrs. Frances Dafoe, Charles J. Gibson's grand-daughter in 2005. The photographs and certificate were donated to the Archives of Ontario by Adrian Gibson Dafoe, Gibson's great grandson, in 2007.

Title is based on the contents of the fonds.


No further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

Accession numbers: 16490, 48445.

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