Why I Love The Architects of Toronto
Henry Sproatt and Ernest Rolph
Birth: June 14, 1866 (Toronto, ON)
Death: October 4, 1934
Biography Sproatt: Henry Sproatt spent time in New York City training and eventually was considered an authority of Gothic architecture. Before meeting partner Rolph, Sproatt partnered with Frank Darling and John Pearson.
Birth: January 21, 1871 (Toronto, ON)
Death: May 4, 1958
Biography for Rolph: Rolph, who was once a student at the still functional Jarvis Collegiate, gained his knowledge of architecture from working with David Roberts. Rolph eventually took a job as an architect and engineer working with the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Biography for Sproatt and Rolph (firm): Sproatt met Rolph when Rolph joined him as a draftsman in the firm Darling, Sproatt and Pearson. Sproatt and Rolph went into partnership in 1899. The pair would make a number of famous Toronto landmarks in their 35 years together. Their most famous buildings are on the University of Toronto campus. In the partnership Sproatt was considered the principal designer. Rolph acted more as the administrator and businessman of the firm. The partnership ended when Sproatt died.
Notable Buildings featured by Why I Love Toronto
- Burwash Hall
- Canada Life Building
- Canada Permanent Trust Building
- College Park
- Fairmont Royal York Hotel (with Ross and MacDonald)
- Metropolitan United Church (Carillon)
- National Club
- Soldier’s Tower