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William Thomas among architect- historians is recognized for being “One of the founders of the Canadian architectural profession”
Three highlights of his biography which were he stand out, our traditional impression about architect of this time.
I .Transition William Modest background necessitated than he work his way up through the runs of the building trades from carpenter/ joiner to carpenter / builder to architect.
It was very unusual progression.
He was real example of the ‘self-maid man origins of this term can be traced back to the social changes, by Industrial Revolution.
II. Social changes- William Thomas entered the architectural field then the profession was undergoing some very significant changes.
a) In the latter part of the 18 century, architects were still placed within Renaissance tradition of the artist architect coming from either a privileged background or seeking the patronage of the wealthy.
b) By the end of Queen Victoria’s reign, they were clearly recognized professionals
Belonging to associations and considered distingue from builders, surveys, and engineers.
c) One reflections of this change was renaming architect’s employer from patron to client
As a result, the practice of architecture no longer was restricted, in a theory at least, to only those with sufficiently financional means. or connection to the wealthy.
It social change effected by Industrial revolution.
III. Moving to Canada at age 44, middle age it became significant
Had 17 year carrier in Toronto (1843-1860) including over hundred building.
As now Toronto were experiencing building boom. It was not easy decision Tomas was in mid forties emigrating at his stage of life were no small thing.
Second Carrier in Canada – is another tribute to his confides, ambitions and willingness to take risk Tomas’s work in England would have insured him a modest place in English architectural history, but
Every building that he designed during his practice in England (1838) become direct source for his Canadian design or had features that were used in his later works.
His building became focused of the towns. In Canadian Architecture his contribution cannot be underestimating.