John A. Pearson

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John A. Pearson
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Born June 22, 1867
Chesterfield, England
Died June 11, 1940
Toronto
Nationality Canadian
Practice Pearson and Darling

John Andrew Pearson (June 22, 1867 – June 11, 1940) was an early 20th Century Canadian architect and partner to the Toronto-based firm of Pearson and Darling.

Pearson was born in Chesterfield, UK, and emigrated to Canada in 1888. Most of his architectural output is associated with a series of partnerships: he worked for Henry Sproatt beginning in 1890, joined Darling, Curry, Sproatt, & Pearson in 1892, with fellow partners Frank Darling and S. George Curry. Curry departed, and from 1893 through 1896 that office was known as Darling, Sproatt & Pearson, then finally stabilised into the successful and long-lasting Pearson and Darling from 1897 through Pearson's death in 1940 and buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Pearson's most significant project apart from this partnership is undoubtedly the Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, a complex that contains the Canadian House of Commons and Senate of Canada, and the adjoining Peace Tower.

The previous Centre Block burned in 1916, entirely destroyed except for the Library of Parliament. By 1920 the Centre Block was rebuilt with a design by Pearson and collaborator Jean Omer Marchand from Montreal. The Peace Tower commemorating the end of the First World War was completed in 1927.[1]

Pearson was the first Vice-President of Ontario Association of Architects (1902). He died in Toronto, aged 72.

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Building Year Completed Builder Style Source Location Image
University of Toronto Faculty of Law Flavelle House 1901 John A. Pearson & Frank Darling Romanesque Revival architecture University of Toronto St. George campus, Toronto, Ontario Flavellelaw.JPG
Convocation Hall 1906 John A. Pearson & Frank Darling Romanesque Revival architecture University of Toronto St. George campus, Toronto, Ontario Uoft conhall.jpg
University of Toronto Sanford Fleming Building 1907 John A. Pearson & Frank Darling Romanesque Revival architecture 10 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario
University of Toronto Sigmund Samuel Building 1907 John A. Pearson & Frank Darling Romanesque Revival architecture 10 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario Sig Sam.JPG
University of Toronto Sigmund Samuel Building additions 1912 John A. Pearson & Frank Darling Romanesque Revival architecture 7 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto General Hospital- College Wing 1913 John A. Pearson & Frank Darling Romanesque Revival architecture 101 College Street, Toronto, Ontario Bio-tech research centre, heritage building, Toronto General Hosp.IMG 5684.jpg
Centre Block containing Canadian House of Commons, Senate of Canada, Peace Tower, 1920 John A. Pearson & Jean Omer Marchand Romanesque Revival architecture Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario Ottawa 6 db.jpg

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  1. ^ Pound, Richard W. (2005). 'Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates'. Fitzhenry and Whiteside.