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Advertising brochures : US/Can/British, mostly concerned with housing.
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- Dendy, William
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William Bruce Dendy, Canadian architectural historian, was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1948 and died May 29, 1993 in Toronto, Ontario. Dendy graduated from the University of Toronto in 1971, received a B.A. in Architectural History from Cambridge University in 1973, and in 1979 received two Masters degrees in architectural history, one from the University of Cambridge, and one from Columbia University in New York. He worked as an architectural historian for the Toronto Historical Board from 1973 until 1976, taught Canadian architectural history at the University of Toronto, at the University of Waterloo, at Carleton University in Ottawa, at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto, and at the Toronto Urban Studies Centre. Dendy also worked on a consultancy basis as architectural historian to many Toronto-based architectural firms, developers, and government agencies, and also led architectural walking tours of Toronto.
Dendy's two published works, Lost Toronto (1978) and Toronto Observed: Its Architecture, Patrons, and History (1986), were both published by the Oxford University Press and both won Toronto Book Awards. In 1993 Dendy was awarded an honorary membership in the Ontario Association of Architects, and in the same year he was given an Allied Arts Award for his lectures and books on historical architecture.
(Sources: Freedman, Adele. "A Life's Work: The William Dendy Collection", University of Waterloo Alumni Magazine (spring 1995): 11-15; "Historian Won 2 Toronto Awards", The Globe and Mail, Monday, 31 May 1993; Hume, Christopher. "Architectural Historian's Death a Significant Loss", Toronto Star, Tuesday, 1 June 1993, sec. B., p. 6; "Will Bequest Establishes the William Dendy Collection", Insights (spring 1995): 1-2.)
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Contains materials primarily in the form of manufacturers' catalogues (dating from 1920's-1940's) re housing design and garden and greenhouse design. One publication was issued by the Ladies Home Journal and relates to bungalow design in the period pre World War II. Another item takes the form of a scrapbook compiled by Mary Eleanore Westley between 1921 and 1924 which includes clippings from magazines. These take the form of illustrations showing both exterior and interior home designs which were typical for the period. Manufacturers' catalogues include listings of home appliances, bathroom designs, greenhouse designs, and of roofing materials respectively.
One clipping (1989) contained in this file relates to plans for the new General Electric Building which is to be constructed using plastics along with other building materials.