William George Storm

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William George Storm
Born 1826
Died 1892
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Architect
Practice Storm and Cumberland
Buildings Victoria College

William George Storm (1826–1892) was a Canadian architect who designed a number of prominent monuments in Toronto.

He was born in England and immigrated to Canada while still a child and was raised in Cobourg, Ontario. His father was a contractor and introduced him to the building trade. He apprenticed first under William Thomas and then under Frederick William Cumberland. Storm and Cumberland eventually formed a partnership, and the firm became one of the most prominent in nineteenth century Toronto. The firm won many of the city's most important commissions, including expanding Osgoode Hall, the chapel of St. James-the-Less, the tower of St. James Cathedral, and University College.

Storm and Cumberland's partnership dissolved in acrimony in 1871. Storm also encountered serious health problems that left him without work and confined to hospital. A friendship with Emerson Coatsworth gained Storm commission to design new elementary schools across the city. One of these buildings, today Inglenook Community High School, survives today. He then won a commission to build St. Andrew's Church. Perhaps his most noted building is the Richardsonian Romanesque main building for Victoria College.

Storm was a leading Mason and was Master of St. Andrew's Lodge No. 16 in 1858 and 1859. He was also a founder of the local Commandery of Knights Templar. Masonic symbolism is incorporated into a number of his structures. He was also a founding member of the Ontario Association of Architects, and served as its first president. He was a founding member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[1]

He died suddenly of a stroke in 1892.


Building Year Completed Builder Style Source Location Image
Louis B. Stewart Observatory/Toronto Magnetic and Meteorological Observatory 1853–1857 Frederick William Cumberland and William George Storm Romanesque W, 15 12 Hart House Circle - University of Toronto - Kings College Circle Toronto Magnetic Observatory circa 1890.jpg
University College, University of Toronto 1856–1859 Frederick William Cumberland and William George Storm; David Dick (1892) Norman Romanesque 15 15 King's College Circle UT University College.JPG
University College, University of Toronto Croft House 1859 Frederick William Cumberland (Design) William George Storm; Norman Romanesque 2 Kings College Circle, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Croftchapterhouse utoronto.jpg
Former Upper Canada College campus (1854); additions to Resident School House, 1856; new Porter's Lodge, Bursar's Office, gates, fences and outbuildings (1857) [2] 1854-7 Frederick William Cumberland and William George Storm Gothic Revival architecture King and Simcoe Streets in downtown Toronto 1879uppercanadacollege.png
Chapel of St. James-the-Less, St. James Cemetery (Toronto) 1860 Frederick William Cumberland and William George Storm (Design) Romanesque 2 Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario ChapelStJamesCemeteryToronto.jpg
St. Andrew's Church (Toronto) 1876 William George Storm Romanesque 73 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario St Andrew's, Toronto.JPG
Osgoode Hall wrought iron fence (1865–66); Examination Hall & Classrooms (1880–81); Law School (1890) various William George Storm Romanesque Toronto, Ontario 1OsgoodeHallToronto.jpg
Rotman's Men's Shops 1890 William George Storm Romanesque 350-358 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Victoria College 1895 William George Storm Romanesque University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Victoria College circa 1895.jpg
Inglenook Community High School 1890s William George Storm Romanesque Toronto, Ontario Inglenook Community High School