File 201 - Medical Building for the University of Alberta

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Medical Building for the University of Alberta

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CA CAC 1-3-201

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  • December 1919-November 1920 (Creation)

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60 drawings: 34 ink on linen; 2 ink on paper; 3 ink on card; 8 pencil on paper; 4 blueprints; 4 black line; 5 photostats
26 photographs

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University building; brick and stone.
1 presentation drawing: exterior perspective
21 development drawings: floor plans, elevation
13 working drawings: block plan, foundation plan, floor plans, roof plan, elevations, sections
21 detail drawings: elevations, terracotta (incl. plans, entrance hall, corridor), granite work, stonework, entrance, structure, plans and elevations of lecture theatres, ventilation, windows, staircases, plans and sections of students' reading room, common room and staff common room --4 Record drawings: block plan, first and second floor plans, elevation
26 photographs: 3 models; 4 elevations; 7 plans; 4 sections; 2 perspectives; 4 construction; 2 finished exteriors

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Cecil S. Burgess cited on drawings as resident architect, University of Alberta. Watercolour preliminary study of Medical Building is in University of Alberta Archives, Edmonton.

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The Medical Building [now Dentistry/Pharmacy Centre] was Nobbs last commission at the University of Alberta. It was designed in 1919, and built with the help of a large grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Due to the need for specially shaped rooms with precise lighting requirements, it was a significantly more complex work than that of the arts building. The work was completed in line with Nobbs earlier master plan. Subsequent additions were executed in the same spirit The building maintains the same palette of materials as the earlier Arts Building, however, ornamentation is more restrained and simplified. The medicine building has been expanded several times.

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