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Canada's 20th Century masters get their due in two new books

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Ottawa Station was one of John B. Parkin & Associates’ many buildings that merged ‘culture with the cityscape’ in its designs. This photo is from a new scholarly work on Modernism in Canada, John C. Parkin, Archives, and Photography (University of Calgary Press, 2013). In the late-1950s and booming 60s, Parkin’s firm was the largest and most influential in Canada.

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John C. Parkin, Archives, and Photography does what many architecture books fail to do: It shows how the architecture shaped the man, and vice versa

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Toronto-Dominion Centre, from John C. Parkin, Archives, and Photography. Parkin’s firm partnered with Mies van der Rohe on the building.

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Cover, Making Toronto Modern: Architecture and Design 1895-1975 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014). Author Christopher Armstrong describes the struggle experienced by the Canadian modernists who came before in the decades prior to the Second World War.

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The Ashley-Crippen house, A.E. LePage and B. Kelly, 1922, Construction, October 1922. Mr. Armstrong says this may well be the first Toronto residence to reject classical styling.

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Gordon S. Adamson’s striking 1944 “Sun House” in Rosedale.

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J. Posluns house, Jerome Markson, 1964, from Christopher Armstrong’s Making Toronto Modern

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