File 7 - House for C.W. Colby

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House for C.W. Colby

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CA CAC 1-1-7

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  • June 1905 (Architect)
    Nobbs, Percy E. (Percy Erskine), 1875-1964
  • June 1905 (Client)
    Colby, Charles W. (Charles William), 1867-1955
  • June 1905 (Architect)
    Brown, David Robertson, 1869-1946

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4 drawings: 3 ink on card, 1 watercolour on paper
4 photographs

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File consists of architectural drawings for urban house (detached, basement, 2 floors, attic, 5 bedrooms); brick; wall bearing. File includes 1 presentation drawing (exterior perspective, floor plans), 3 record drawings (floor plans, elevations, section), and 4 photographs (1 plan, 1 finished exterior, 3 finished interiors).

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House demolished.

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The house for Charles W. Colby, Chair of History at McGill, was located at 560 Pine Avenue. It no longer exists. Nobbs’s watercolour presentation perspective and elevations in ink are dated 1905-1906. For the project Nobbs formed a temporary association with the Montreal architect David R. Brown. Built around spectacular views of the city below, the house had an unusual twin-gabled front strongly resembling a cottage in the Edinburgh suburb of Colinton, designed by Nobbs’s mentor Robert Lorimer. (Norbert Schoenauer,"Percy Erskine Nobbs: Teacher and Builder of Architecture," Fontanus: from the Collections of McGill University 7 [1996] : 52.)

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