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Fonds F 4433

John Wilkins fonds

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John Wilkins fonds
Dates of Creation
1966-2001, predominant 1977-2000
Physical Description

3830 photographs : colour prints, colour negatives, colour slides, black and white prints, whiteprints

650 architectural drawings : ink and pencil on paper, whiteprints, blueprint, mechanical reproduction

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of architectural drawings and photographs created and accumulated by John Wilkins during the course of running his business of residential building design and renovation. This business took place primarily in Toronto, although there were some projects in Muskoka, the Niagara area, Cobourg and Brantford. The houses designed by Wilkins were generally large and often included fairly elaborate landscape designs with pools and out-buildings. A comprehensive list of Wilkins' renovation jobs and his new construction projects does not exist.

The fonds has been arranged into two series. The first series (F 4433-1) consists of projects for which there are only photographs, and no architectural drawings. Most of these projects were jobs involving renovations to existing houses. The series also includes photographs of houses being newly constructed, but it is unclear if these were Wilkins' projects, or if they were photographs he took for reference purposes.

The second series (F 4433-2) consists of projects for which there are architectural drawings, sometimes accompanied by photographs. These projects include both renovation jobs and new constructions. Some of these projects also involve landscape design and the construction of out-buildings, such as pool houses.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

John Wilkins (1945-2000) was a self-taught designer of homes and landscapes, active in Toronto and area from the mid-1970s until his death.

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Wilkins, John, 1945-2000

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
The fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario by Wilkins' mother, Mrs. Joan Whitley, in May 2004.

Title is based on the contents of the fonds.


No further accruals are expected.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 4433-1 John Wilkins project and research photographs
F 4433-2 John Wilkins architectural drawings and photographs