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A Work in Progress: Howard Chapman

Banner of Old City Hall, 1887

Howard D. Chapman

Portrait of Howard Chapman

Howard Chapman was born in 1917 in Toronto. He commenced studies at the University of Toronto's School of Architecture in 1935. After his first year, he left for London, England, where he studied at the Architectural Association School from 1937-1938. After WWII, Chapman completed his architectural education at the University of Toronto in 1948, receiving the Hobbs Glass Prize for hospital design.

Chapman embarked upon his architectural practice alone at first, but later partnered with Len Hurst, as Chapman & Hurst, Architects. Chapman's career spanned the post-war housing and development boom.

Picture of Riverdale Hospital, Architect Howard D. Chapman
Riverdale Hospital
[196-]
Photographer: Chapman & Hurst, Architects, Toronto
City of Toronto Archives,
Fonds 7, Series 56, File 131, Item 1
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As the Toronto area evolved into Metropolitan Toronto, an urgent need for housing and for health-care facilities was identified.
 

Picture of Riverdale Hospital in the 1960's
Riverdale Hospital
[196-]
Photographer: Hans Geerling
City of Toronto Archives,
Fonds 7, Series 56, File 40, Item 1
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Plan of new building for Riverdale Hospital therapy terrace, 1960
New building for Riverdale Hospital,
therapy terrace, planting plan: detail
1960
Landscape Architect: George Tanaka
City of Toronto Archives,
Fonds 7, Series 55, File 1164, Item 3
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Significant architectural works commissioned by the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto included Riverdale Hospital, Metro's first Home for the Aged, Green Acres, in Newmarket, and several other seniors' housing complexes, such as Woodland Acres and the Edgeley Apartments.
 

Sketch of Woodland Acres, Scarborough, bachelor building, 1962
Woodland Acres, Scarborough,
bachelor building, elevation
1962
Architect: Chapman & Hurst
City of Toronto Archives,
Fonds 7, Series 55, File 1174, Item 1
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Sketch of Woodland Acres, Scarborough, fifty-fifty building, 1962
Woodland Acres, Scarborough,
fifty-fifty building, elevation
1962
Architect: Chapman & Hurst
City of Toronto Archives,
Fonds 7, Series 55, File 1174, Item 2
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The records of Howard D. Chapman were acquired by the Toronto Archives in 1992-1993.

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