Henry Simpson (Toronto)

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Henry Simpson
Died1926 (aged 61–62)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Henry Simpson (1864–1926) was an architect active in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, around the turn of the 20th century.[1] Simpson trained under prominent architect E.J. Lennox, and the buildings he designed were in the Richardsonian Romanesque style Lennox had helped popularize.[2] He was one of the architects employed by the prominent Massey family, well-known philanthropists.[3] Simpson worked with Charles J. Gibson from 1888 to 1890.[4]

Over a dozen buildings he designed have survived to the present day.[5] According to the Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada Simpson played a role in the design of 126 buildings from 1891 to 1916.[6]

Simpson's buildings that have survived to the 21st Century[edit]

Buildings Henry Simpson designed that survived into the 21st Century[5]
known as address image completed notes
A.M. Orpen House 380 Sherbourne Street 1900
Edward McNamara Building 857 King Street West 1903 A set of rowhouses at 857-879 King Street West
J.F. Brown Furniture Building 193 Yonge Street 1903
Parisian Laundry Building 602 King Street West 1904
161 Crescent Road 161 Crescent Road 1905
Bradshaw & Company Factory 107 Atlantic Avenue 1905
Grand Central Hotel 251 King Street East The National Hotel in Toronto in 1945.jpg 1905 The hotel was built in 1868 and Simpson was responsible for a 1905 expansion and renovation.
Aluminum & Crown Stopper Company 334 King Street East 1908 Simpson was responsible for the north wing—on Parliament
The Strand Hotel 75 Victoria Street Strand Hotel Toronto.jpg 1908
Castlemere Apartments 75 Crescent Road 1912 Tudor revival
7 Triller Avenue 7 Triller Avenue 1912
Brunswick-Balke-Collender Factory Boiler House 40 Hanna Avenue 1913
Brunswick-Balke-Collender Factory Building 40 Hanna Avenue 1913
Hester Drummond House 230 Royal York Road 1890 Designed by Gibson and Simpson


  1. ^ "Reasons for Designation (Statement of Significance)-- 251 King Street East: National Hotel". City of Toronto. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-11.
  2. ^ "Former National Hotel in peril". Better Planning for All. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-11.
  3. ^ "Massey family fonds [multiple media]". Collections Canada. 2008-03-19. Archived from the original on 2013-03-12. The drawings were prepared by a number of architects including Joseph Ireland, E.J. Lennox, Henry Simpson, G.M. Miller, Sproatt & Rolp, Mathers & Haldenby, and Hart Massey.
  4. ^ Eric Ross Arthur, Stephen A. Otto (1986). Toronto: No Mean City. University of Toronto Press. p. 248. ISBN 9780802065872. Retrieved 2013-03-12. Back in Toronto by 1885, he practised with Henry Simpson in 1888-1890 and then went on his own once more.
  5. ^ a b "Brief search results: Charles Simpson". TO Built. Archived from the original on 2013-03-12.
  6. ^ Verity Griscti, Joshua Hull. "SIMPSON, Henry (1864-1926)". Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada. Archived from the original on 2013-03-12.