Robert Findlay of Montreal - transcripts of his obituaries from the Montreal Star, The Gazette and the Westmount Examiner
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Cutting from unknown newspaper reporting the election of Frank R. Findlay to a Fellowship in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Architect paid High Tribute
Obituary of Robert Findlay from the Montreal Star of 7th February 1951
Final Tribute Paid to Robert Findlay
A funeral service for Robert Findlay, veteran architect, was
held this, morning in the chapel of Tees and Co., 1459 Tower street. Rev. D.M. Grant,
minister of St. Andrew's .United Church officiated.
Designed Many Buildings
In 1885, Mr. Findlay came to Montreal and while working for an architectural firm did
valuable work on St. James Methodist Church. During the subsequent years after his work
gained wide recognition he designed the Montreal Maternity Hospital on St. Urbain street
the first Victoria Hall in Westmount and also the Westmount Public Library and the
Westmount City Hall; Calvary Church at Greene and Dorchester street; the first buildings
of the Imperial Tobacco Company and the residence of the late Sir Mortimer Davis at Pine
avenue and Peel street.
Obituary of Robert Findlay from the Montreal Gazette of 7th February 1951
Funeral service for Robert Findlay well known Montreal architect and a resident of this
city for many years who died on Monday will be held in the Tees and Co. funeral chapel,
1459 Tower street today at 11 a.m. Mr Findlay was in his 92nd year.
Extract from the Westmount Examiner, Thursday, March 29, 1990
Five notable Westmounters
distinguished citizens who made Westmount their home have been selected by the city to
receive posthumously its first municipal honors.
* Therese Casgrain (1896-1981), who fought for civil liberties and women's political
rights, later becoming a member of the Senate of Canada;
The five represent the "extraordinary talent" of Westmount's citizens, says
Mayor Cutler, who conceived the idea of honoring past citizens to preserve history and
create awareness of their achievements among younger generations.
Biography from pages 10 / 11
Westmount's city hall has long stood in the minds of many as a symbol of the city - a
stone bastion of strength, tradition and security. That landmark along with other
buildings, was Robert Findlay's architectural contribution to the city where he lived most
of his adult life after emigrating from Scotland.
Born in Scotland
Mr Findlay was born in Inverness, Scotland, where he started his career at age 17 in
the employ of John Rhind, working on Aldourie Castle on Loch Ness. He moved to Glasgow and
worked with the well-known architect John Burnett, Sr. One of his co-workers, Sir John
James Burnett, built the British Museum and King Edward VII Galleries.
He opened his own office and was joined in partnership by his son, Francis Robert, with
whom he worked until their mutual retirement in 1941.
Extract from the ??Westmount Examiner??, reporting the demolition of two houses in Westmount Montreal which had been designed by Robert Findlay
Two stately mansions on Drummond Street north of
Sherbrooke were virtually demolished Saturday, without a demolition permit.
He said he was "horrified" that this was allowed to proceed at that stage.
He said the police, on arrival, immediately asked to see a demolition permit.
When none could be produced, they ordered work to be stopped and summoned Cote.