Edmund Burke (architect)

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Edmund Burke
BornOctober 31, 1850
DiedJanuary 2, 1919(1919-01-02) (aged 68)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUpper Canada College
Spouse(s)Minnie Jane Black (m. 1881)
ProjectsPrince Edward Viaduct

Edmund Burke (1850–1919) was a highly regarded Canadian architect best known for building Toronto's Prince Edward Viaduct or "Bloor Street Viaduct", and Toronto's Robert Simpson store. He served as the Vice-President, then President of the Ontario Association of Architects.


Burke was born in Toronto to parents with ties to building industry:

Education and training[edit]

Burke attended Jesse Ketchum School, Upper Canada College and Toronto Mechanics' Institute[2] before apprenticing as an architect with his maternal uncle and forming the firm Langley and Burke in 1873.

Later life and death[edit]

Most of Burke's professional career was in Toronto and he lived a little more than a decade after his uncle's death. Burke died in the city and is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, where he designed the mortuary chapel in 1893.[3]


Building Year Completed Builder Style Source Location Image
St. Luke's United Church 1874 Henry Langley and Edmund Burke Romanesque Revival 15 Sherborne Street and Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario St Luke, Toronto.jpg
St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church 1878 Henry Langley & Edmund Burke Gothic Revival 15 383 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario St Andrew's Lutheran Toronto.JPG
Jarvis Street Baptist Church 1878 Henry Langley & Edmund Burke Gothic Revival Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario Jarvis street Baptist Church.jpg
McMaster Hall 1881 Henry Langley, Henry Langley and Edmund Burke (Design) Romanesque Revival 2 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario RoyalConservatoryofMusic.JPG
Beverley Street Baptist Church 1886 Henry Langley & Edmund Burke Gothic Revival 6 72 Beverley Street, Toronto, Ontario Toronto Chinese Baptist Church (April 2005).jpg
Trinity-St. Paul's United Church 1887–1889 Henry Langley and Edmund Burke Gothic Revival 15 Bloor Street west of Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Trinity-St Paul's.JPG
Prince Edward Viaduct 1881 Edmund Burke Gothic Revival Toronto, Ontario Prince Edward Viaduct.jpg
Robert Simpson's Department Store Building 1896, 1908, 1923 Edmund Burke Romanesque Revival, Chicago School Toronto, Ontario Simpsons Department Store circa 1908.jpg
Orillia City Hall - rebuild plans for Orillia City Hall built in 1895 by Gordon & Helliwell 1915 Edmund Burke, J.C.B. Horwood and Murray White [4] Romanesque Revival 20 Mississauga Street West, Orillia, Ontario Orillia Opera House.jpg
Owens Art Gallery 1895 Edmund Burke Renaissance Revival Mount Allison University, 61 York Street, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada Owens Art Gallery, Mount A.jpg
Hammond/Black House (home for Fine Arts head John Hammond and now residence to the President of Mount Allison University) 1896 Edmund Burke Queen Anne Revival-style Mount Allison University, 82 York Street, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
Walmer Road Baptist Church 1889-1892 Edmund Burke & Henry Langley Gothic Revival 188 Lowther Street, Toronto, Canada