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William Stanley Bates fonds

1896-1948, predominant 1910-1948

Physical Description:
1157 architectural plans. -- 27 cm of textual records

William Stanley Bates, 1872-1949, was born in Yorkshire, England. In 1897 he became an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He moved to Calgary in 1904 and joined the architectural firm of Wilson, Hodgson and Bates. He subsequently worked for Hodgson and Bates; Hodgson, Bates and Butler; and Hodgson, Bates and Beattie before establishing his own fim in 1916. He designed many prominent Calgary buildings including the Burns block, Grain Exchange, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Natural Resources building, Sacred Heart church, and parts of the Holy Cross hospital. He also designed houses, schools, churches, hotels, hospitals, banks and commercial buildings which were erected in Calgary and southern Alberta towns. He was a charter member of the Alberta Society of Architects. He and his wife had four children, Cynthia (Aikenhead), Maxwell, Newton and William. For further information see Patricia Jasen's article, "One Who Stayed : The Career of Calgary Architect William Stanley Bates" in Bulletin : Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada. - vol. 13, no. 1 (March 1988), p. 15-19. See also the Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.

Custodial History:
Subsequent to Mr. Bates' death, George Gooderham, who lived in the Bates' home at 732-13 Ave. S.W., Calgary, gave Bates' records to the Glenbow.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of architectural plans for approximately 100 buildings, and correspondence, specifications, contracts, tenders and account book related to his architectural work. (There are no plans for the Grain Exchange.)
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: CALGARY BUILDING PROJECTS: Anderson apartments, Argyle court, Bank of Montreal (main and branches), Beveridge-Travis building, Bole Drug warehouse, Bowness school, Burns building, Calgary Albertan, Calgary Golf and Country Club clubhouse, Canada Life building, Canadian Army barracks, Canadian Bank of Commerce, Canadian Fairbanks Morse building, Clarendon block, Costello apartments, Crescent Heights Baptist church, Elbow View Motel, Elma (Lineham) building, Holland Canada Mortgage Co., Hope (Hunt) block, Imperial Bank of Canada, Jenkins Groceteria, Lancaster (Mackie) building, Lawrence Lodge (Lundy block), Merchants Bank of Canada, National Drug Co., Pro-Cathedral, Pryce-Jones Canada Ltd., Roxboro building, St. Edmund's church, St. Joseph's church, St. Mary's Boys school, St. Mary's church, St. Michael's church, Sacred Heart convent, Safeway store, skating rink, swimming pool, C.D. Taprell store, Toole, Peet & Co., Toronto General Trusts building, West Mount Pleasant church, and Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) building. CALGARY HOUSES: Garrington M. Firmstone, Dr. William E. Graham, William Roper Hull (bungalows), R.H. Jenkins, J.R. Jeynes, Mrs. A.M. King, Charles R. Latimer, Rev. Alexander McTaggart, Frederick E. Osborne, Aloysius G. Plunkett, G. Romanes, E.M. Saunders (garage), A. Judson Sayre, James E. Varley, William Legh Walsh, and James H. Woods. BUILDINGS IN OTHER LOCATIONS: Loretto (Allner) building (Drumheller), Bank of Montreal (High River, Medicine Hat, Oakville), Blood Indian reserve church (Cardston), Carstairs hotel, Holland Canada Mortgage residence (Moose Jaw), Imperial Bank of Canada (Cranbrook and Crossfield), Kermaria Convent (Pincher Creek), Rocky Mountain House town offices, and Whitehouse Hotel (Drumheller). ARCHITECTS: Brown and Vallance, George Fordyce, Charles Hay, Langley and Howard, F.J. Lawson, Leonard W. Meanwell, Frances Rattenbury, and James C. Teague.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of George Gooderham and John Aikenhead, 1975-1992.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1406, NA-3178-4

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