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Industrialization in the field of building in Canada between 1850 and 1930

Regular session
9:00 AM, Friday 27 May 2022 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Break   10:30 AM to 11:00 AM (30 minutes)

The Arts and Craft movement in Canada has been the subject of a number of studies and exhibitions including Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1918 (2013) and Architecture, Design and Craft in Toronto 1900-1940 “Creating Modern Living” (2017). However, one question remains: almost nothing is known about the industrial turn in building that the Arts and Craft movement decried by celebrating a craft aesthetic. What about the factories and mills that produced almost all of the components of the built environment in Canada by the mid-19th century? From the Grant, Hall & Co. founded in Montreal in 1851, reputed to produce one million floorboards annually, to the James White Sash and Door Factory, active from 1902 to 1910 in Carberry, Manitoba, such companies were present in all large and medium-sized Canadian cities. The session invites contributions that focus on the important role of building material factories and plants in the construction industry between 1850 and 1930. Papers may address, among other things, the number, location, and operation of factories; the range of products manufactured; ordering and delivery conditions; trade catalogs and advertising; the implementation of component parts on the construction site; case studies; Arts and Craft movement critiques of industrialization; and the promoters of the mechanization movement in the building industry before 1930.

Département d'histoire de l'art, UQÀM

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