F. H. Herbert

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F.H. Herbert
Born 1865
Bath, England
Died 1914 (aged 48–49)
Occupation Architect
The Dineen Building, designed by Herbert in 1897, extensively renovated in 2012.

Frederick Henry Herbert was an important and successful architect practicing in Toronto, Ontario in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century.[1] Several buildings he designed survived into the 21st century and have been registered as significant heritage properties.[2][3]

Herbert moved to Toronto in 1887.[1] According to the Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, "He was born in Bath, England, but no information can be found on his early education or training there."

Herbert designed close to 150 buildings over the course of his career.[1]

Selected buildings Herbert designed[edit]

  • Arena Gardens was an 8,000 seat indoor arena, the largest in Canada, built in 1912 at a cost of $500,000.[4]
  • No.99 Jarvis Street, another building Herbert designed, is being marketed as a "development opportunity".[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950: Herbert, Frederick Henry". Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada. Retrieved May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Ulli S. Watkiss (2012-02-28). "Notice of intention to designate: 6 Walmer Road (Thomas Goldsmith House)". City of Toronto. Archived from the original on 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2013-05-21. The property at 6 Walmer Road is also associated with the career of Toronto architect F. H. Herbert, one of the city's best-known practitioners specializing in residential architecture at the close of the 19th century. Herbert designed houses for clients in the city's prominent residential neighbourhoods, including the West Annex where Arthur Boswell Houses at 69–71 Spadina Road are among those designated under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act. With the changes in the West Annex, the Thomas Goldsmith House remains an important surviving example of Herbert's portfolio in the West Annex. 
  3. ^ a b "REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: 2 TEMPERANCE STREET ATTACHMENT NO. 3: Dineen Building". City of Toronto. Archived from the original on 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2013-05-21. The Dineen Building is associated with F. H. Herbert, an English-born architect who settled in Toronto in 1890 and established a practice that mixed commercial, industrial and residential commissions, among them elaborate houses on Jarvis Street and in the Forest Hill and Annex (East and West) neighbourhoods). Along Yonge Street, he designed the alterations in 1901 to the Argyle Hotel at the corner of Yonge Street and Wellington Street West (now incorporated into BCE Place at 181 Bay Street), which is designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. 
  4. ^ "Mutual Street Arena". Retrieved May 2013. Arena Gardens was the largest indoor arena in Canada at the time (1912), with 8,000 seats and a 230' x 95' sized rink. The designer was F.H. Herbert, and he worked for the architectural firm Ross and MacFarlane. The cost of construction was a little over $500,000. 
  5. ^ "OPPORTUNITY FOR SALE: 99 Jarvis Street,, Toronto". KP Gillen. Archived from the original on 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2013-05-21. REDEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL:

    The existing building is designated as “architecturally significant” by Heritage Toronto under the Ontario Heritage Act. The property is currently zoned RA, a liberal use designation permitting a building of up to five times the site area or approximately 47,520 square feet of gross building area. This gross buildable area may be increased by incorporating the front façade of the existing building into future development.