Fonds 3.04 - Francis R. Findlay and Percy Roy Wilson

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Francis R. Findlay and Percy Roy Wilson

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CA CAC 3.04

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  • 1937 (Creation)
    Findlay, Francis Robert, 1888-1977
  • 1937 (Creation)
    Wilson, P. Roy, 1900-2001

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Francis R. Findlay was born in Montreal in 1888. After studying at the University of Pennsylvania, he became his father's partner in 1913. He practised architecture with his father, interrupted by service in the First World War, until the partnership was dissolved in 1941 upon the retirement of Robert Findlay. Francis Findlay then continued a limited independent practice until his retirement in 1959. Concurrently, Francis Findlay worked with the architect Earl Lockhart at Defense Industries Ltd from 1941 to 1953. From 1953 to 1959 he worked for Pringle, a Westmount consulting engineer firm.

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Percy Roy Wilson was born on May 19, 1900, in Birmingham, England.

In 1913, he moved to Canada with his family. In 1924, he graduated from the McGill School of Architecture and became an internationally renowned architect, author, artist, illustrator, and teacher. After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked as an assistant to Harry T. Lindeberg (in 1924-25), then to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to work with Findlay & Foulis (1925), and back to New York to join York & Sawyer (in 1926-27). There, his skill as an architect and artist was brought to the attention of the editors of the American journal Architectural Forum (New York), who hired him to design the covers of the magazine in 1927-29. Wilson returned to Canada and opened his own office in Montreal in 1927. In 1928, he became Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1938, he was elected Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in Architecture and in 1964, Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. As a renowned watercolour artist, he painted over 1300 paintings, primarily featuring buildings. He published several books including; "The Beautiful Old Houses of Quebec", “Design and Delight” (autobiography), “Dorval 1667-1975: The Story of Dorval in Pictures and Words”, “Rhymes and Rhetoric” and several magazine articles. His self-proclaimed titles included “Lecturer, Teacher, Historian, Etcher, Model-maker, Calligrapher, Modeller, Carver, Poet, Librettist, Singer, Director, Sailor, Ski-instructor, Boat-builder, Inventor, Marksman and Traveler.”

He was a director of the Société historique Beaurepaire-Beaconsfield Historical Society. In 1977, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. In celebration of his 101st birthday, the McGill School of Architecture hosted an exhibition of his watercolours.

He died on June 11, 2001, in Beaconsfield, Quebec.

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Francis R. Findlay gave the material to the CAC.

Le matériel a été remis à la CAC par Francis R. Findlay.

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"Architectural Drawing, 1937, 1 drawing." There is a drawing of a detail for a house for B. Kinsey in Hampstead, PQ.
"Professional Papers, 1937, 2cm." The project for the house for B. Kinsey includes specifications and a contract.

"Dessins architecturaux, 1937, 1 dessin." Dessin d'un détail d'une maison construite B. Kinsey à Hampstead (Québec).
"Documents professionnels, 1937, 2 cm." Le projet de résidence pour B. Kinsey comprend un cahier des charges et un contrat.

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  • English

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Robert Findlay, CAC 3;
Findlay and McGregor, CAC 3.01;
Robert and Francis R. Findlay, CAC 3.02;
Francis R. Findlay CAC 3.03


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Francis R. Findlay was born in Montreal in 1888. After studying at the University of Pennsylvania he became the partner of his father, Robert Findlay (1859-1951), in 1913. He practised architecture with his father, interrupted by service in the First World War, until the partnership was dissolved in 1951 upon the retirement of Robert Findlay.
Francis continued to practise architecture for some time thereafter.

Percy Roy Wilson was born in Birmingham in 1900. In 1913 he emigrated with his family to Revelstoke, BC. Beginning in 1919, Wilson studied architecture at McGill University's School of Architecture. He taught at McGill University as a lecturer and an assistant professor until 1943. Wilson had an active architectural practice until 1969.

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Francis R. Findlay (1888-1977) est né à Montréal. Après avoir étudié à l'Université de Pennsylvanie , il est devenu l'associé de son père, Robert Findlay (1859-1951) en 1913. Cette association ne fut interrrompue que par la participation de Francis Findlay à la Première Guerre mondiale et se poursuivit jusqu'à la retraite de Robert Findlay en 1941. Francis Findlay continua par la suite une pratique privée restreinte jusqu'à sa retraite en 1959.

Percy Roy Wilson est né à Birmingham en 1900. En 1913, il a émigré avec sa famille à Revelstoke (Colombie-Britannique). En 1919, il a commencé ses études d'architecture à l'École d'architecture de l'Université McGill. Il a enseigné à l'Université McGill à titre de chargé de cours puis de professeur adjoint jusqu'en 1943. Wilson exerça son métier d'architecte jusqu'en 1969.

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