Francis R. Heakes

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Francis R. Heakes
Born 1858
Died 1930
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Architect
Practice Chief Architect of the Public Works Department of the Province of Ontario
Buildings Government House
The Whitney Block (formerly the East Block of Queens Park) in downtown Toronto. It was designed by F. R. Heakes and erected in two phases between 1926 and 1932.

Francis Ryley Heakes (1858 - 1930) was a Canadian architect. He studied under Kivas Tully in the mid-1880s. He was at one time Chief Architect of the Public Works Department of the Province of Ontario. The Ontario Archives hold drawings for virtually all provincial buildings including courthouses, registry offices, goals & lockups, schools and colleges, hospitals and other works executed under his supervision fron 1896 until 1926. [1]

Among his important commissions were the Whitney Block in downtown Toronto, the Mining Building at the University of Toronto (1905), and the Superior Court of Justice in Thunder Bay (1924). Perhaps his most famous commission was Government House in Toronto (Chorley Park), designed in a style reminiscent of French châteaux. It was one of the most expensive residences ever constructed in Canada at the time (1915), and was more impressive than even Rideau Hall in size and grandeur. The building was demolished in 1961.

His great great grandson, Paul, is a noted actuary and amateur tennis player in Toronto.[2]

See also[edit]

Other Ontario provincial architects included:


  1. ^ Francis R. Heakes Dictionary of Architects
  2. ^ Heakes, Paul. "Paul Heakes". Heakesnet. Heakes Inc. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Kivas Tully
Chief Provincial Architect, Ontario
1896 – 1926
Succeeded by
George A White