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Frank Darling (architect) : biography

February 17, 1850 - May 19, 1923

Frank Darling (February 17, 1850 – May 19, 1923) was a Canadian architect and key player in buildings built in Toronto during the early 20th century. He was a promoter of the Beaux-Arts style.

Life and career

Born in Scarborough Township in the Province of Canada, Darling was the son of the rector of Scarborough and later of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto. As a boy, he received his general education at Upper Canada College before entering Trinity College, Toronto. He worked briefly as a bank teller before becoming apprenticed to architect Henry Langley from 1866-1870. He studied and trained in England between 1870-1873 and then returned to Canada. Apart from two brief solo periods in the 1870s, he practiced with a series of collaborators:

  • Macdougall & Darling from 1874–75
  • Darling & Edwards from 1878–79
  • Darling & Curry from 1880–91
  • Darling, Curry, Sproatt, & Pearson, 1892
  • Darling, Sproatt, & Pearson, 1893–96

Then in 1897, Darling formed the lasting partnership, Pearson and Darling. This firm lasted beyond Darling's death in 1923. The firms in which he was a partnership influenced commercial development in Toronto during the 1910s to 1920s significantly.

Darling was the first Honorary President of the Toronto Beaux-Arts Club, member of the Holt Commission for planning of Ottawa (1913–1915), and was the first Canadian to win the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal in 1915.

Darling died in 1923 and was buried at St. John's Cemetery Norway in Toronto.

Notes

Major Works

Building Year Completed Location Notes Image
Bank of Montreal 1886 Northwest corner of Yonge Street and Front Street, Toronto In the Beaux-Arts style by Frank Darling & S. George Curry. Now home to the Hockey Hall of Fame. 100px
The Toronto Club 1888 107-109 Wellington Street West, Toronto In the Palladian, Renaissance Revival, and Richardson Romanesque styles by Frank Darling & S. George Curry. 100px
Victoria Hospital for Sick Children 1889-92 67 College Street, Toronto In the Romanesque Revival style by Frank Darling & S. George Curry. 100px
University of Toronto Faculty of Law Flavelle House 1902 78 Queen's Park, University of Toronto St. George campus, Toronto Monumental neoclassical residence for industrialist Sir Joseph Flavelle by John A. Pearson & Frank Darling. Now used by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law. 100px
Convocation Hall 1907 31 King's College Circle, University of Toronto St. George campus, Toronto Neoclassical domed rotunda by John A. Pearson & Frank Darling.
University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Sandford Fleming Building 1907 10 King's College Road, University of Toronto St. George campus, Toronto In the Neoclassical style by John A. Pearson & Frank Darling.
South wing of the University of Toronto Sigmund Samuel Building 1912 7 King's College Circle, University of Toronto St. George campus, Toronto John A. Pearson & Frank Darling.
Arts Building, University of Albertahttp://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1452 1915 11487 89 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta In the Neoclassical style by Percy Erskine Nobbs & Frank Darling. 100px
Toronto General Hospital College Street Wing 1919 101 College Street, Toronto In the Beaux-Arts style by John A. Pearson & Frank Darling. Now part of the MaRS Discovery District. 100px

For projects after the formation of Darling, S. George Curry, Sproatt, & Pearson in 1892, see Pearson and Darling.

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