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Architectural Records Collection
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Architectural Records Collection

  • Collection
  • 1857-2008

Architectural records are plans, drawings, blueprints, or other graphic or visual documents used in the design and construction of buildings, landscapes, or other manmade objects. Architectural records are the result of a lengthy process of gathering and refining data in order to prepare a design and produce final construction drawings and plans. Using surveys of the construction site, the architect produces rough sketches and diagrams of the proposed building. Preliminary drawings are then prepared and revised. The
final construction drawings include minute details about size, scale, structural systems, electrical wiring, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems, as well as interior and exterior finishes. The final plans, prepared by a photochemical process, might be reproduced several times, and might be revised as construction progresses.

The architectural records in this finding aid are listed chronologically, by series number, name of project, name of architect/architectural firm, and number of items. They have been arranged chronologically, according to date of building project. Each project constitutes a records subseries. Each subseries has been described according to name of building project, name of architect/architectural firm, and date span. Within each subseries, the records divide themselves into files according to type of drawing, such as sketches, mechanical plans, or detailed drawings. The architect's original organization and system of numbering has been maintained. When this information has been unavailable, the records have been organized by date and subject.

Records have been organized into the following six series:
Series /A: University of Trinity College, Queen Street West
Series /B: University of Trinity College, Queen's Park (Hoskin Avenue)
Series /C: St. Hilda's College
Series /D: Gerald Larkin Academic Building (Larkin Building)
Series /E: Munk School of Global Affairs (John W. Graham Library)
Series /F: Records of related bodies