Mathers, Alvan SherlockARCA, FRAIC
Sherlock Mathers (1895-1965) took a leading role in the design of many
of Canada’s outstanding buildings, some of which comprise Toronto’s
current skyline. His partnership with Eric Haldenby produced many
building designs, which earned prestigious honours and awards.
University of Toronto buildings, including the Best Institute, Sigmund
Samuel Library and Whitney Hall were the result of Mr. Mather’s design
efforts, as were the United States Consulates in Toronto and Quebec
City. His genius for restoration can be observed in the library of
Parliament and the West Block of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.
addition to his design work, Mr. Mather’s found time to become
President of the Toronto Board of Trade, Chairman of the National
Capital Commission and President of the Ontario Society of Architects
in 1937 and 1938.
In 1959, he was the second Canadian to be elected as a corresponding member of the Academie D’Architecture of France.Achievements
- He greatly improved the physical image of Canada
- Building excellence attracted international attention
- Firm of Mathers and Haldenby ascended to architectural leadership