Beckett, William John

BECKETT, William John (1842-1891) of Ottawa, Ont. was a successful contractor who had served as foreman of several major projects there including the Western Block Extension on Parliament Hill, (designed by Thomas S. Scott; built 1876-78) and the residences, offices and barns of the Dominion Experimental Farm (designed by Thomas Fuller; built 1887-88). He also practiced as an architect. The National Archives of Canada holds a small collection of his drawings for works in Ottawa including a competition entry for a public school on Elgin Street, c. 1885 (NAC 78903/71). Beckett was described as 'the well known architect' when he died on 26 July 1891 (obit. Free Press [Ottawa], 27 July 1891, 4; Daily Citizen [Ottawa], 28 July 1891, 4)