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.
|Ross and Macdonald|
|Key architects||George Allen Ross|
Robert Henry Macdonald
|Founded||1907 (as Ross and MacFarlane)|
|Location||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Significant works and honors|
|Buildings||Château 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. Since 2006, it has operated as DFS Inc. Architecture & Design.
George Allen Ross
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.
- Bank of Toronto branch (Guy St. and St. Catherine St. W.), Montreal, 1908
- Complexe Les Ailes, Montreal, 1925-27 (Former Eaton's department store)
- Saskatoon Board of Education offices, Saskatoon, 1928-29 (Former Eaton's department store)
- Calgary Eaton's Store, Calgary, 1928-29 (demolished 1988, façade incorporated into Calgary Eaton Centre)
- Dominion Square Building, Montreal, 1928–1930
- College Park, Toronto, 1928-30 (Former Eaton's department store)(with Sproatt and Rolph)
- Holt Renfrew Montreal at 1300 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, 1937
- Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa, 1909-12 (with Bradford Lee Gilbert)
- Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa, 1940–41
- Royal York Hotel, Toronto, 1927-29 (with Sproatt and Rolph)
- Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, 1910–14
- Hotel Saskatchewan, Regina, 1926–27
- Hotel Macdonald, Edmonton, 1912–14
- Les Cours Mont-Royal, Montreal, 1920-24 (Former Mount Royal Hotel, now a shopping mall, condo and office complex)
- Government Conference Centre, Ottawa, (Former Ottawa Union Station), 1911-1912
- Union Station, Toronto (with Hugh G. Jones, John Lyle) 1914-1920
- Architects' Building, Montreal, 1929-34 (demolished)
- Confederation Building (McGill College Ave. and St. Catherine St. W.), Montreal, 1927–28
- Castle Building (Stanley Street and St. Catherine St. W.), Montreal, 1924–27
- Dominion Square Building (Peel Street and St. Catherine St. W.), Montreal, 1928–40
- Montreal Star Building (St. Jacques St.), Montreal, 1926–31
- Royal Bank Building (Yonge Street and King Street East), Toronto, 1913–15
- Édifice Price (Sainte-Anne street), Quebec City, 1929-1930.
- Medical Arts Building, Montreal, 1922
- Le Chateau Apartments, (Sherbrooke and De La Montagne) Montreal, 1926
- The Gleneagles, (Cote des Neiges Road) Montreal, 1929
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- Antonia Brodie, ed., Directory of British Architects, 1834-1914: Vol. 2 (L-Z) (A. & C. Black, Royal Institute of British Architects, 2001), p. 504