David Stirling (architect)

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David Stirling
Born6 December 1822
Galashiels, Scotland
Died13 April 1887
PracticeDominion architect for the federal works in Nova Scotia
BuildingsMacLennan House, Convocation Hall, King's-Edgehill School

David Stirling (6 December 1822 - 13 April 1887) was a Canadian architect of Scottish birth. In 1872 he was made Dominion architect for the federal works in Nova Scotia and in 1880 he became one of the first associate architects of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[1]

Born in Galashiels, Stirling was the son of stonemason James Stirling. After training as an architect in his native country, he emigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1847, where he played a major role in rebuilding portions of the town destroyed by fire the previous year. He spent the next 35 years designing and building a wide array of buildings out of practices in Charlottetown, Halifax, and Toronto. Having never retired, he died in Charlottetown in 1887 at the age of 64.[2]

Selected works[edit]

  • Pictou County Court House (1855)
  • Fernwood, Halifax (1860)
  • Halifax Club (1862)
  • Library and Museum at King's College, (1862–63); Chapel, (1877), Windsor, Nova Scotia (by Stirling & Dewar) [3]
  • Alexander Keith's residence (1863)
  • He built the first South Street Poor House (1869) in Halifax after going to the states to get ideas. It had a fireproof arch which was subsequently, and without his permission, penetrated by not only an elevator but also by unsealed pipe holes. A fire broke out in the basement that destroyed the Poor House on November 6–7, 1882. 33 patients were trapped in the fifth-floor hospital and died.[4]
  • Hyndman Building, 57 Queen Street, Charlottetown (originally the Victoria Building, 1866)
  • Custom House, 40 Great George Street, Charlottetown (originally the Bank of Prince Edward Island, built 1867-1868)
  • Presbyterian Church of St. David, Halifax (originally the Grafton Street Methodist Church, built 1868-1869)
  • Fort Massey United Church, Halifax (1870)
  • St. Matthew's Manse, Halifax (1874)
  • Kirk of St. James Presbyterian Church, Charlottetown (1877)
  • Falconwood Insane Asylum / Hospital, Charlottetown (built 1877-1879)
  • H.H. Houle House, 96-98 Prince Street, Charlottetown (1879)
  • South Shore United Church, Tryon (1880)
  • Summerside City Hall, Summerside (originally the Summerside Post Office, built from 1883-1886)
  • MacLennan House, 235-237 Prince Street, Charlottetown (1886)
  • Convocation Hall, King's-Edgehill School (1861)


  1. ^ Grant Wanzel. "David Stirling". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2011-05-23.
  2. ^ "David Stirling". Prince Edward Island Historic Places.
  3. ^ http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1335 David Stirling
  4. ^ Peter McGuigan. The South Street Poor House: a Century of Despair.