Peter Dickinson (architect)

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The Hummingbird Centre was designed by Peter Dickinson . It was officially opened in 1960.
The Dickinson-designed apartment towers in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood being demolished as part of a revitalization project; the towers won a Massey Medal for Architecture in 1961. One tower will be preserved.

Peter Allgood Rastall Dickinson, (October 21, 1925 – October 15, 1961), was a British-born architect responsible for many modernist buildings in Toronto.

Born in Suffolk, UK, he studied architecture during World War II and served during 1944-1945.[1] He came to Canada in 1949 to work for Wells Coates. He moved to Page and Steele in 1950 and later with his own firm Peter Dickinson and Associates in 1958.[2]

Dickinson died of cancer in Montreal, Quebec before the completion there of his tallest work, Tour CIBC[3] leaving behind his wife Vera and two boys (Gregory and Trevor).

Projects[edit]

Some of Dickinson's works:

  • Continental Can Building - 790 Bay Street, Toronto
  • Benvenuto Apartments - 1 Benvenuto Place, Toronto
  • Dickinson Tower - 14 Blevins Place, Toronto
  • Westbury Hotel - 475 Yonge Street, Toronto
  • Juvenile and Family Courts - 311 Jarvis Street, Toronto
  • Jesuit Seminary - 25 Ballyconnor Court, Willowdale, (now Tyndale University College and Seminary)
  • Ottawa Police Station 1954 - Waller Street and Daley Avenue, Ottawa (demolished)
  • 111 Richmond Street, Toronto
  • York Mills Collegiate Institute, Toronto
  • Inn on the Park, Toronto (Phase 1 only, demolished and replaced by Toyota dealership)
  • O'Keefe Centre for the Performing Arts (later renamed Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts, still later Sony Centre for the Performing Arts) - 1 Front Street East, Toronto
  • Park Plaza Hotel (Toronto) - 4 Avenue Road, Toronto - now Park Hyatt Toronto
    • Courtyard & Canopy, Park Plaza Hotel, Toronto
  • North Toronto Medical Building - 491 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto
  • Lawrence Heights Middle School - 50 Highland Hill, Toronto
  • Beth Tzedec Synagogue - 1700 Bathurst Street, Toronto
  • Church Street Junior Public School - 83 Alexander Street, Toronto
  • Four Seasons Motor Hotel, Toronto
  • Canadian Red Cross - Jarvis Street, Toronto - demolished?
  • Queen Elizabeth Building - Exhibition Place, Toronto
  • Workmen's Compensation Rehabilitation Hospital, Downsview (demolished)
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airline Ticket Office
  • Windsor Plaza

Ten Newest Buildings

  • 365 Bay Street: 12 floors 1962
  • La Tour CIBC - 1155 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montreal: 45 floors 1962
  • 4 King Street West: 20 floors 1959
  • 500 Avenue Road: 13 floors 1958
  • 55 Yonge Street 12 floors 1958
  • 111 Richmond Street: 15 floors 1956
  • 561 Avenue Road: 14 floors 1956
  • Lord Simcoe Hotel - 150 King Street West: 20 floors 1956 - since demolished now Sun Life Centre East Tower
  • Marriott Courtyard (formerly Westbury Hotel): 16 floors 1956
  • Four Seasons Motor Hotel - 415 Jarvis Street: 3 floorrs 1961 (since demolished)
  • 240 Oriole Parkway, Toronto: 10 floors

Dickinson's most famed design is the Hummingbird Centre in the downtown Toronto.

His legacy lives in the firm created by his former partners in Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden Partnership.

Awards[edit]

  • Massey Award

References[edit]