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Competition for municipal building, city of Kitchener.
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- Schmalz, W.H.E.
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16 architectural drawings on 3 sheets ; ink and watercolour on board ; 54 x 76 cm
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William Henry Eugene (W.H.E.) Schmalz was born July 29, 1890 in Waterloo Township to William Henry Schmalz (1862-1933) and Eleanor Oelschlager (1867-??). W.H.E.’s father, William Henry, was an insurance salesman and later the mayor of Berlin (now Kitchener). In 1915 W.H.E. married Rachel Beatrice Richardson (1890-??) and had one child, Herbert Schmalz (1916-2000).
W.H.E. attended Royal Military College where he was educated in map and architectural drawings, and in 1916 served with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. W.H.E. later attended the University of Toronto and ultimately became an architect. W.H.E. is perhaps best known for designing the original City Hall of the City of Kitchener which was completed in 1924 and torn down in 1973. He contributed significantly to Ontario architecture both on his own and working for firms such as Pearson and Darling.
W.H.E. was involved in many aspects of life in Kitchener including as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Kitchener Parks Board, the Kiwanis Club and the Kitchener Musical Society. He also held a personal interest in philately and wrote a text on the postal history of Waterloo County. W.H.E. died January 25, 1981.
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File consists of architectural drawings of the proposed municipal building for the city of Kitchener. Plans are unsigned and are dated Aug. 3, 1921. Sheet one shows a presentation drawing and side elevation as well as a data sheet; sheet two shows longitudal section, transverse section, section thru fire hall, elevation waiting room, King st elevation, rear elevation and market elevation; sheet three shows first floor plan, second floor plan and basement plan as well as three smaller room plans.
Board is somewhat fragile and should be handled with care. Make sure to support under the board when lifting, not just the edges.
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