“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Halifax in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces

William Thomas


William Thomas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2019
1. William Thomas Marker
The buildings on the north end of Granville Street were designed by the firm of William Thomas and Sons after a fire had razed the block in 1859. Erected in the Italianate Style for prosperous merchants, the structures retain much of their original character. William Thomas began his architectural firm after arriving in Toronto from England in 1840, and became a leading architect in pre-Confederation Canada. His design and those of his students influenced the appearance of several cities in Ontario, Québec and Nova Scotia.

Les édifices à l'extrémité nord de la rue Granville sont l'oeuvr du bureau d'architecte William Thomas and Sons et remplacent des immeubles qu'un incendie rasa en 1859. Construits dans le goût italianisant, cher aux riches marchands, ils ont conservé beaucoup de leurs caractéristiques originales. Né en Angleterre, William Thomas ouvrit un bureau après son arrivée à Ontario en 1840. Il devint l'un des architectes les plus reconnus du Canada de l'époque et marqua, ainsi que ses disciples, l’architecture de plusieurs villes de l'Ontario, du Québec
William Thomas Marker (<i>wide view looking north on Granville • Italianate buildings on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2019
2. William Thomas Marker (wide view looking north on Granville • Italianate buildings on right)
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Erected 1976 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list.
Location. 44° 38.995′ N, 63° 34.476′ W. Marker is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker can be reached from Granville Street near Duke Street, in the median. Marker is located near the center of the Granville Street plaza, amongst the subject buildings. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1883 Granville Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Y1, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cast Iron Facade / Façade en Fonte (here, next to this marker); Gilbert Stuart Newton (within shouting distance of this marker); Enos Collins (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Explosion Clock (about 120 meters away); Halifax Waterfront Buildings (about 120 meters away); Halifax City Hall / Hôtel de ville d'Halifax (about 120 meters away); "Old" Dalhousie and the Grand Parade (about 150 meters away); The Grand Parade (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Halifax.
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here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. William Thomas Architecture
Also see . . .  William Thomas, architect, water-colourist, and engineer. Thomas’s professional maturation and independence was demonstrated in the work he produced in his last decade, by his new-found confidence in large works, his use of cast-iron, and his own form of the Italianate style. Thomas reshaped the skyline of Canadian cities from Halifax to London with a series of churches and public buildings. His contributions to the development of architecture as well as the scope and quality of his work substantiate Thomas Ritchie’s claim that William Thomas was “one of the founders of the Canadian architectural profession.” (Submitted on September 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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