Ross and Macdonald

Ross and Macdonald was one of Canada's most notable architecture firms in the early 20th century. Based in Montreal, Quebec, the firm originally operated as a partnership between George Allen Ross and David MacFarlane (Ross and MacFarlane) from 1907 to 1912. MacFarlane withdrew from the firm in 1912, and Robert Henry Macdonald became a partner.[1]

Ross and Macdonald
Practice information
Key architectsGeorge Allen Ross
Robert Henry Macdonald
Founded1907 (as Ross and MacFarlane)
LocationMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Significant works and honors
BuildingsChâteau Laurier, Fort Garry Hotel, Royal York Hotel, Maple Leaf Gardens

The Ross and Macdonald name was used until 1944, after which it became Ross & Ross, Architects, when John Kenneth Ross joined his father as partner. Following George Allen Ross's death in 1946, the firm continued as Ross, Patterson, Townsend & Heughan. By 1970, the firm was known as Ross, Fish, Duschenes & Barrett.[1] Since 2006, it has operated as DFS Inc. Architecture & Design.[2]

George Allen Ross

Ross (1879–1946) was born in Montreal, and later studied at the High School of Montreal, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.[3]

Ross was apprenticed to Brown, MacVicar & Heriot in Montreal, and later become a draftsman for the Grand Trunk Railway. He also did work with Parker & Thomas in Boston and Carrere & Hastings in New York before partnering with MacFarlane in Montreal.

He was a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He was also a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, becoming an Associate in 1904 and a Fellow in 1913.

Robert Henry Macdonald

Macdonald (1875–1942) was born in Melbourne, Australia. He articled to Richard B. Whitaker, M.S.A. of Melbourne, and became a junior draftsman to Robert Findlay in Montreal in 1895. After positions as a draftsman for George B. Post starting in 1903, a senior draftsman with Crighton & McKay in Wellington, New Zealand in 1905, and head draftsman with W.W. Bosworth in New York in 1906, Macdonald joined Ross and MacFarlane in Montreal as a junior partner and draftsman in 1907. He ultimately became a partner of the firm in 1912.

He was a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He served as president of the Quebec Association of Architects in 1939, and was a recipient of the association's Award of Merit.

Important works

Commercial Buildings:


Public Buildings:

Office Buildings:


  • Le Chateau Apartments, (Sherbrooke and De La Montagne) Montreal, 1926
  • The Gleneagles, (Cote des Neiges Road) Montreal, 1929



  1. Rose, David; Simmons, Geoffrey (15 December 2013). "Ross & Macdonald". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. "Ross Fish Duschenes Barrett". Le site officiel du mont Royal. Ville de Montréal. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. Antonia Brodie, ed., Directory of British Architects, 1834-1914: Vol. 2 (L-Z) (A. & C. Black, Royal Institute of British Architects, 2001), p. 504
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