Charles D. Sutherland

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Charles D. Sutherland
Born November 28, 1879
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died February 20, 1957
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Architect
Practice Chief Dominion Architect (1936-1947)

Charles D Sutherland (1879–1957) was a Canadian architect who served as Chief Dominion Architect from 1936-1947. Ewart apprenticed under John Albert Ewart from 1897 to 1901 and studied at the Ottawa School of Art. As chief government architect he was responsible for many of the federal buildings constructed in this period. Drawings for public buildings such as Post Office Buildings and Dominion Public Buildings designed by Sutherland and his staff during his tenure as Chief Architect of the Department of Public Works are now held at the National Archives of Canada. Joseph Charles Gustave Brault, (1886-1954) succeeded Charles D. Sutherland as Chief Architect of the federal Dept. of Public Works in 1947.


As federal architect, 1936-1947, Charles D. Sutherland oversaw the design and construction of public buildings such as post offices, customs offices, and armouries across Canada. He designed a Customs Building in St. Jean, Quebec, Richelieu Street, (1939) and Armstrong, Quebec, Canadian Customs Border Station, (1940). He designed several buildings in Ottawa, Ontario including: Wind Tunnel and Administration Building, Hwy. 17 at Skead Road (1939–40); Temporary Office Buildings No. 5 and No. 6, (1942). He designed the Daly Building Annex, Mackenzie Avenue near Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario, 1942. He designed a Veterans Hospital, 4th Street West at 12th Avenue West, Calgary, Alberta, 1942.


Building Year Completed Builder Style Location Image
Cornwall Armoury 505 4th Street East at Marlborough Street 1938-9 Charles D. Sutherland 1996 Recognized - Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings Cornwall, Ontario Sdghighlanders.jpg
Quebec Armoury and HMCS Montcalm Training Centre 835 Laurier Avenue East 1938-9 Charles D. Sutherland Canada's Register of Historic Places Quebec City Overlooking the historic battlefield of Quebec, the rectangular 3 storey stone building is in the picturesque Chateau-style
Salaberry Armoury 188 Alexandre Taché Blvd 1938 (completed) Charles D. Sutherland Canada's Register of Historic Places; Recognized - 1993 Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings Gatineau, Quebec centrally located Romanesque Revival building with a steeply pitched gable roof houses Régiment de Hull Salaberry Armoury.JPG
Winnipeg Drill Hall & Korea Hall, Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg 1941 Charles D. Sutherland Drill Hall Building 21 Recognized - 1997; Drill Hall Korea Hall B8 Recognized - 2004 Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings Winnipeg, Manitoba large centrally located wood, metal and brick building with a low-pitched gable roof with a large interior space for the drill hall, and low, shed-roofed ‘lean-tos’ running along its north and south elevations.


Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas W. Fuller
Chief Dominion Architect, Canada
1936- – 1947
Succeeded by
Joseph Charles Gustave Brault