File 119 - House for P.E. Nobbs

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House for P.E. Nobbs

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CA CAC 1-3-119

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  • April 1913-October 1913 (Creation)

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61 drawings: 10 ink on linen; 47 pencil on paper; 3 blueprints; 1 xerox
27 photographs

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Urban house (detached, basement, 3 floors, attic, 8 bedrooms, sleeping gallery); brick; wall bearing.
3 development drawings; dormers, stairs, flue
10 working drawings: floor plans, roof plan, elevations, section
47 detail drawings: doors, archway, windows, rafters, dormers, stairs, study, louvre, ground floor, larder, wrought iron railings, fittings, lighting, plaster cornice, ash bin, slab reinforcement, plumbing diagram, fireplace, sleeping gallery, eaves, pier, vase, roof
1 record drawing: ground plan
27 photographs: 1 plan; 11 finished exteriors; 15 finished interiors

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Drawing of fireplace is from P.E. Nobbs' house in Mill Village, Nova Scotia. See also 3d objects nos. 3,7 and 9

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“In 1914, five years after his marriage to Mary Celia Shepherd, daughter of McGill’s Dean of Medicine, Nobbs initiated the building of his own family residence at 38 Belvedere Road. Constructed on the upper slopes of Westmount, this four -story brick building offers its occupants a breathtaking view of the city below. Its steep slated roof and prominent gables, with a subtle flair on the ridge at its gable-ends, are details intrinsic to homes designed by C.F.A. Voysey (1857-1941), one of the most famous Arts and Crafts architects.” --Norbert Schoenauer, “Percy Erskine Nobbs: Teacher and Builder of Architecture,” Fontanus: from the Collections of McGill University 7 (1996) : 53. --

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