B. Napier Simpson Jr. fonds Help

Fonds F 4395

B. Napier Simpson Jr. fonds

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B. Napier Simpson Jr. fonds
Dates of Creation
1892-1984, predominant 1950-1978
Dates of Accumulation


Physical Description

15,857 architectural drawings (includes 2 files of textual records)

1490 architectural drawings : diazo

7 architectural drawings : colour panels

7528 photographs

6 metres of textual records

16 centimetres of textual records (includes 1 map, 29 architectural drawings)

7 maps

1 poster

1 reel of microfilm (includes drawings)

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of architectural drawings and other records documenting the architectural work of B. Napier Simpson Jr. Some of the records document Simpson's work as a student and while he was employed by architect Mackenzie Waters (from 1950 to 1955).

A majority of the projects represented in this fonds are houses and other residential buildings, mostly in Toronto, North York, York County and surrounding counties, and the Muskokas; but also in the rest of Ontario and Florida. Many of Simpson's restoration projects are also represented, the most prominent being building restorations for the Black Creek Pioneer Village (in Toronto), the restoration of the Penetanguishene Military and Naval establishments, and Century Village (near Peterborough). Only a small portion of the material pertains to work on commercial and industrial buildings.

An accrual to the fonds in 2004 includes files compiled by Simpson which related to his work with the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. Much of the content of these files is reference material on various towns and regions and the built heritage in these areas. Various pamphlets, newsclippings, reports, notes, walking tours and correspondence document areas of interest. Also included are some topographical maps and photographs.

A further accrual in 2007 includes files related to Simpson's speeches and presentations during his career as an architect, his continued work with documenting houses and properties for purposes of restoration and identifying landmarks and their history. In addition there are drawings that complement existing projects.

The fonds is mostly comprised of Simpson's architectural drawings and photographic files. The fonds also includes a small quantity of correspondence, notes, specifications and research material on some of the projects, as well as card indexes documenting Simpson's clients, suppliers and contractors.

The fonds has been arranged into nine series.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

B. Napier Simpson Jr. (1925-1978) was a prominent Toronto area restoration architect and heritage advocate, who was active from 1951 to 1978.

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Simpson, B. Napier, Jr., 1925-1978

Restrictions on Access
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Most of this fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario by Audrey Simpson and Napier Simpson III in 2002 with additional donations in 2004 and 2007. Two measured drawings showing the Steeles Tavern in Vaughan (Ontario) had been previously acquired by the Archives of Ontario; the source and time of this acquisition is not known. The Archives received a small accrual of Napier Simpson records from the Toronto Public Library in 2004. These records had been in the holdings of the Canadiana Collection of the North York Public Library since around 1982.
Related Material

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Former Codes

C 213, Accession number: 42445, 43883, 46725.

Accession numbers: 42445, 43883, 46725.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 4395-1 B. Napier Simpson Jr. project files
F 4395-2 B. Napier Simpson Jr. photographs
F 4395-3 B. Napier Simpson Jr. Huronia House proposal presentation panels
F 4395-4 B. Napier Simpson Jr. card indexes
F 4395-5 B. Napier Simpson Jr. reference measured drawings
F 4395-6 B. Napier Simpson Jr. files relating to the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
F 4395-7 B. Napier Simpson Jr. speeches and presentations
F 4395-8 B. Napier Simpson Jr. architectural records relating to houses at Carrying Place, Ontario
F 4395-9 B. Napier Simpson Jr. materials about York Mills (Ontario) landmarks and history