Fonds 15 - Edward Colonna

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Edward Colonna

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CA CAC 15

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(1862-1948)

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Edward Colonna (1862-1948) was born in Germany and studied in Belgium. In 1882 he emigrated to the United States. Initially he worked in New York at the Associated Artists, a group of interior decorators headed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Later he worked as a railroad car designer from 1886 until 1888 for the Barney and Smith Railroad Car Manufacturing Co. in Dayton, OH. Colonna moved to Montreal in 1889 where he worked as an architect and an interior designer, primarily for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, and for the company's vice-president, William Van Home. He designed railway cars and stations, as well as the interior of Van Home's sumptuous Sherbrooke Street house in Montreal. Colonna was instrumental in developing the Château style for Canadian Pacific's stations across Canada. After he left Montreal, Colonna returned to Europe where he worked from 1898 until 1903 for Samuel Bing's gallery in Paris, L'Art Nouveau. Colonna is best known as a pioneer of the Art Nouveau movement.

Edward Colonna (1862-1948) est né en Allemagne et a étudié en Belgique. En 1882, il a émigré aux États-Unis. Il a d'abord travaillé à New York chez Associated Artists, un groupe de décorateurs d'intérieur dirigé par Louis Comfort Tiffany, puis a travaillé comme dessinateur de wagons de train de 1886 à 1888 pour les fabricants de wagons Barney and Smith de Dayton (Ohio). Colonna s'est installé en 1989 à Montréal où il a exercé des activités d'architecte et de décorateur d'intérieur surtout pour la société Canadien Pacifique et pour le vice-président de cette société, William Van Horne. Il a dessiné des wagons de chemin de fer et des gares, de même que l'intérieur de la somptueuse résidence de Van Horne, rue Sherbrooke, à Montréal. Colonna a contribué à donner un style Château aux gares du Canadien Pacifique d'un bout à l'autre du Canada. Après son départ de Montréal, Colonna est retourné en Europe où il a travaillé, de 1898 à 1903, pour l'Art Nouveau, la galerie d'art parisienne de Samuel Bing. Colonna s'est surtout fait connaître pour son rôle de pionnier dans le mouvement Art Nouveau.

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Not known. The drawings were found with the Maxwell materials.

Inconnue. Les dessins ont été trouvés dans le fonds Maxwell.

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"Architectural Drawings"
Canadian Pacific Railway Company Terminal Station and General Office Vancouver B.C., n.d., 17 drawings
Canadian Pacific Railway Company Vancouver Hotel Alterations and Additions., n.d., 9 drawings
Canadian Pacific Railway Company Regina Station, n.d., 5 drawings

"Dessins architecturaux, s. d., 7 dessins." S'y retrouvent les plans, les élévations, les coupes et les détails de la Gare centrale de Vancouver et des bureaux généraux du Canadien Pacifique de même que les dessins de la gare de Régina, également réalisés pour le compte du Canadien Pacifique.

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13

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