Item 2006-029, Oversize Folder 29, Item 6 - Technical drawing of a library building

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Technical drawing of a library building

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  • Technical drawing

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2006-029, Oversize Folder 29, Item 6

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Scale 1/8" = 1'

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  • February 1913 (Creation)
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    Cobb, Andrew Randall
  • February 1913 (Creation)
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    Darling, Frank

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1 technical drawing : pencil ; 53 x 62 cm on mat 56 x 72 cm

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(1876-1943)

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Andrew Cobb was born in the United States in 1876. At the age of 14, he moved to Greenwich, Nova Scotia, with his mother and sister. After graduating from Acadia University he earned a master’s degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to Paris to study at the Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts from 1907–1909.

He began practising in Halifax in partnership with Sydney P. Dumaresq, whom he had met at Acadia, collaborating on the memorial tower, known as the Dingle, erected in Sir Sandford Fleming Park in 1912. Cobb went on to become known for his domestic architecture in Halifax and Bedford, as well as for institutional designs such as Dalhousie University's Science Building, Macdonald Memorial Library and the University of King’s College, constructed on the Studley campus of Dalhousie from 1928–1931. He died in 1943 in a motor accident.

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(1850-1923)

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Frank Darling was born in 1850 in Scarborough Township to William Stewart Darling and Jane Parsons. Darling was educated at Upper Canada College and Trinity College. He worked briefly a a bank teller before becoming the apprentice of architect Harry Langley in 1866. Around 1870, he moved to London, England to train with architect George Edmund Street. Darling returned to Toronto in 1873 and set up a private practice in partnership with Henry Macdougall. He later formed partnerships with Samuel George Curry, Henry Sproatt, and John A. Pearson. Some of his most well-known works are the Toronto Club, the Victoria Hospital for Sick Children, and several bank branches across Canada.

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Item is a technical drawing of a library building for Dalhousie University. The drawing may be an earlier version of plans for the Macdonald Memorial Library at Dalhousie University. The drawing shows the ground floor plan and details of a mezzanine.

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Drawing is in poor condition but is mounted on a matboard.

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  • Oversize-folder: 2006-029, Oversize Folder 29