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Two online projects for architectural research

Published: 14 Feb 2000

Two important architectural archives are now available online at the Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art: Industrial Architecture of Montreal and the Canadian Architect and Builder (CAB).

The Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art, together with the Digital Collections Program of McGill University, invites media representatives to attend a demonstration of two online projects for architectural research: "Industrial Architecture of Montreal" and "The Canadian Architect and Builder."

Tuesday, February 15, 2000
5:00 pm
Nobbs Room, 4th floor, Redpath Library Building
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec

"Industrial Architecture of Montreal" is an online database covering over 130 industrial buildings in the Montreal area. This online, searchable database documents many of the important buildings which were constructed at the height of Montreal’s industrial development, and pays particular attention to those buildings associated with the Lachine Canal. This project documents buildings constructed between 1850 and 1945, and includes over 300 contemporary and historical images, details on construction and alteration dates, building materials, and past and present uses. The project also provides biographical information on several prominent architects and firms -- such as Alexander Hutchison; John Ostell; Hopkins, Lawford & Nelson; and Ross & Macdonald -- that contributed to Montreal’s industrial history.

The Blackader-Lauterman Library acknowledges with appreciation the financial support provided by Young Canada Works in Science and Technology and in Heritage Institutions, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Canadian Library Association for this project.

A preview of the online version of a nineteenth-century Canadian architectural journal will be presented. Published between 1888 and 1908, the Canadian Architect and Builder (CAB) is the only professional architectural journal published in Canada before World War I. Complete with superb photographs, drawings, advertisements and valuable articles, CAB provides a wealth of information on the state of architecture and building in Canada during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

"The goal of this project is to preserve this valuable journal by providing greater access to its contents through a digitized version available on the worldwide web," explained Marilyn Berger, Head (Acting) of the Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art. "The project began in June 1998 and involved the preservation of the deteriorating pages of the 22-volume journal and the scanning of over 7,000 pages of text and images. The preview demonstration marks the completion of the second phase of the project which was to provide a complete and browseable version of the journal." Those visiting the preview demonstration will be able to browse through the entire contents of the digitized version of CAB and discuss the process of digitizing historical materials with the project’s team members.

The Blackader-Lauterman Library acknowledges the following for their assistance and financial support: Phase I was funded through a Young Canada Works in Science and Technology grant sponsored by the Canadian Library Association in co-operation with the Department of Canadian Heritage. Phase II was funded by Industry Canada’s Digital Collections Program.

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