Nobbs, Percy Erskine

NOBBS, Percy Erskine (1875-1964)
(biography in preparation) # A collection of architectural drawings prepared by Percy E. Nobbs and the firm of Nobbs & Hyde is now held in the Canadian Architectural Collection at McGill University, Montreal, Que. A complete finding aid to the collection, entitled Percy E. Nobbs and His Associates: A Guide to the Archive, was published in 1986. Virtually all commissions listed below are accompanied by drawings in this collection. In addition, a list of works by Nobbs was complied by Susan Wagg and published in her catalogue entitled Percy Erskine Nobbs - Architect, Artist, Craftsman, 1982, 95-7)

PERCY NOBBS

(works in Montreal unless noted)

(with Hutchison & Wood) McGILL UNION BUILDING, Sherbrooke Street West at Victoria Street, 1904-05 (C.A.B., xix, Dec. 1906, 181, 228, illus. & descrip.; Const., xx, June 1927, 194, illus.; Montreal, Les Edifices Publics, 1981, 282-3, illus.; Charles C. Hill, edit., Artists, Architects & Artisans - Canadian Art 1890-1918, 2013, 152-54, illus. & descrip.)
(with David R. Brown) PINE AVENUE, residence for C.W. Colby, 1905 (C.A.B., xix, Aug. 1906, 224, illus.)
WESTMOUNT, residence for E. Rutherford, Rosemount Avenue, 1906 (C.A.B., xix, Aug. 1906, illus.)
WINDERMERE, B.C., residence for Dr. Adami, 1906 (C.A.B., xix, Sept. 1906, 133, illus. & descrip.)
CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL, Ste. Catherine Street West, restoration and interior redecoration, 1907; Chapel 1940 (C.A.B., xx, Dec. 1907, 25; R.A.I.C. Journal, xviii, July 1941, 115-16, illus.; Montreal, Les Eglises, 1981, 10, 14-15)
(with Cecil S. Burgess) McTAVISH STREET, residence for Dr. John B. Porter, 1907 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
McGILL UNIVERSITY, MacDonald Engineering Building, reconstruction after fire in 1907 (C.A.B., xx, Aug. 1907, 134; Builder [London], cxv, 5 July 1918, illus.; R.A.I.C. Journal, ii, March-April 1925, 49, illus.; Montreal, Les Edifices Scolaires, 1980, 134-7, illus.)
McGILL UNIVERSITY, Power House, 1909 (C.R., xxiii, 21 April 1909, 19)
McGREGOR STREET, houses for T.P. Howard, 1910-11 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
(with A.M. Jeffers and William Fingland) EDMONTON, ALTA., Provincial Legislature Building, 1909-12 (Const., iii, Dec. 1909, 104-05, descrip.;)
(with Frank Darling) EDMONTON, ALTA., University of Alberta, Master Plan, 1909-12 (Univ. of Edmonton Archives, Senate Minutes, 7 Sept. 1909; Univ. of Edmonton Archives, perspective and site plans by Nobbs; R.A.I.C. Journal, ii, Sept.-Oct. 1925, 159-65, illus. & descrip.; R.I.B.A. Drawings Coll., London, Acc. Z3/54; O. Bilash & O. Sitwell, 'Words into Buildings: The University of Alberta 1906-28', in Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Bulletin, xx, March 1995, 4-21, illus.; Charles C. Hill, edit., Artists, Architects & Artisans - Canadian Art 1890-1918, 2013, 262-64, illus. & descrip.)

NOBBS & HYDE

Institutional & Ecclesiastical Works

FAIRMOUNT PUBLIC SCHOOL, Esplanade Avenue, addition of South Wing, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 22 March 1911, 53, descrip.; R.A.I.C. Journal, iv, Sept. 1927, 333)
EDWARD VII PUBLIC SCHOOL, Esplanade Avenue, 1912; addition 1914 (C.R., xxvi, 20 March 1912, 66; Const., vi, Dec. 1913, 455-7, 461, illus. & descrip.; R.A.I.C. Journal, iv, Sept. 1927, 333)
STRATHEARN PUBLIC SCHOOL, Jeanne Mance Street, 1912 (Const., vi, Dec. 1913, 457-9, 461, illus. & descrip.; Architectural Forum (New York), xxxii, June 1920, 257, illus.)
SARAH MAXWELL PUBLIC SCHOOL, Hochelaga Street at Dezery Street, major addition, 1912 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
SENNEVILLE, QUE., residence for Dr. J.L. Todd, Senneville Road, 1912 (C.R., xxvi, 10 April 1912, 67)
UNIVERSITY CLUB, Mansfield Street, 1912 (C.R., xxvi, 17 April 1912, 65; American Architect & Architectural Review [Boston], cxxiv, 4 July 1923, illus.; F. Remillard & B. Merrett, Montreal Architecture, 1990, 138, illus.)
CANADIAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, Mansfield Street, major addition, 1912-13 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
PEACE CENTENNIAL PUBLIC SCHOOL, Boyer Avenue, 1913 (Const., vi, Dec. 1913, 457, 460, illus. & descrip.; Builder [London], cxix, 29 Oct. 1920, 491-2, illus. & descrip.; R.A.I.C. Journal, iv, Sept. 1927, 333, 337, illus. & descrip.)
ROSEMOUNT PUBLIC SCHOOL, Rosemont Boulevard at Sixth Avenue, major addition, 1914 (R.A.I.C. Journal, iv, Sept. 1927, 327, illus.; dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
BANCROFT PUBLIC SCHOOL, St. Urbain Street, 1914-15 (C.R., 3 Nov. 1915, 1141-2, illus. & descrip.; Architectural Forum (New York), xxxii, May 1920, 209-12, illus.; R.A.I.C. Journal, iv, Sept. 1927, 333, 336, illus. & descrip.)
EDMONTON, ALTA., University of Alberta, Arts Building, 1914-15; laboratories and Power House, 1914 (C.R., xxviii, 18 March 1914, 332, illus. & descrip.; xxix, 1 Dec. 1915, 1221-22, illus. & descrip.; Building News [London], cix, 22 Dec. 1915, 719, descrip.; Const., xiv, Jan. 1921, 6-9, illus.; Charles C. Hill, edit., Artists, Architects & Artisans - Canadian Art 1890-1918, 2013, 262-64, illus. & descrip.) dwgs. at Canadian Architectural Archives, Calgary, Alta.)
DUKE OF CONNAUGHT PUBLIC SCHOOL, Hamilton Street, addition, 1915 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
TROIS RIVIERES, QUE., St. James Anglican Church, des Ursulines Street at St. Francois Xavier Street, extensive renovations and alterations, 1916 (American Architect & Architectural Review [Boston], cxxiv, 4 July 1923, illus.; A. Legge, The Anglican Church in Three Rivers, Quebec 1768-1956, 120-2; Charles C. Hill, edit., Artists, Architects & Artisans - Canadian Art 1890-1918, 2013, 128-30, 195, illus. & descrip.)
GRAND PRE, N.S., Evangeline Memorial Park, landscaping, gatehouse, monument, fences and ironwork, 1919 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
SHAWBRIDGE, QUE., Boy's Farm and Training School, 1919 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, Warr Memorial at City Hall Park, 1920 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
(with Cecil S. Burgess) EDMONTON, ALTA., University of Alberta, Provincial College of Medicine, 1920-21 (Const., xiv, Jan. 1921, 4-5, 12, illus. & descrip.; R.A.I.C. Journal, ii, Sept.-Oct. 1925, 162-5, illus.)
SHERBROOKE, QUE., St. Peter's Anglican Church, Dufferin Street at Terrill Street, a War Memorial chapel, 1920 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
McGILL UNIVERSITY, major addition to the University Library, McTavish Street, 1921-22 (R.A.I.C. Journal, ii, March-April 1925, 63, illus.; Montreal, Les Edifices Scolaires, 1980, 148-51)
HALIFAX, N.S., Naval Memorial at Point Pleasant Park, 1922 (Saturday Night [Toronto], 29 Nov. 1924, 12, illus. & descrip.; dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
McGILL UNIVERSITY, Strathcona Medical Building, interiors and furniture for the Osler Memorial Library, 1923 (R.A.I.C. Journal, vii, June 1930, 204-05, illus. & descrip.; Montreal, Les Edifices Scolaires, 1980, 152-5, illus.)
McGILL UNIVERSITY, Pathology Building, University Street at Pine Avenue, 1923 (C.R., xxxvii, 7 Feb. 1923, 122-3, illus. & descrip.; R.A.I.C. Journal, ii, March-April 1925, 54, illus.; Montreal, Les Edifices Scolaires, 1980, 174-5, illus.)
EARL GREY PUBLIC SCHOOL, Bellechasse Street East, addition, 1923-24 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
ROTHESAY, N.B., Netherwood School, dormitory block, 1924; residence for Miss Ganong, 1928 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
SAULT-AT-RECOLLET, Public School, Montreal North, 1925; addition, 1929 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
TROIS RIVIERES, QUE., elementary school for the Dissentient School Board, 1926; addition, 1930 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
McGILL UNIVERSITY, Pulp & Paper Research Institute, University Street, 1927 (R.A.I.C. Journal, vi, Dec. 1929, 431, illus.; vii, Jan. 1930, 6-10, illus. & descrip.; Montreal, Les Edifices Scolaires, 1980, 146-7 , illus.)
ARVIDA, QUE., United Church, 1928 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
VERDUN HIGH SCHOOL, Bannatyne Avenue near Riverview Avenue, major addition, 1928 (C.R., xlii, 4 April 1928, 51)
VERDUN, Rushbrooke Street School, major addition, 1928 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
VERDUN, Woodlands Public School, Verdun Avenue, major addition, 1928 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
VERDUN, Riverview Public School, Favard Street at Bourgeoys Street, 1928 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
VERDUN YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION, Gordon Avenue, 1929 (C.R., xliii, 6 March 1929, 51, t.c.)
CHATEAU RICHER, Que., alterations to the Church, 1929 (R.A.I.C. Journal, vii, Jan. 1930, xxv, illus. in advert.)
McGILL UNIVERSITY, Royal Victoria College, Sherbrooke Street West, addition of West Wing, 1930 -31 (C.R., xliv, 26 March 1930, 62, t.c.; Pencil Points [New York], xx, Sept. 1939, 571, illus.; Montreal, Les Edifices Scolaires, 1980, 204-07, illus.; dwg. at National Gallery, Ottawa, Royal Canadian Academy Coll., diploma work)
ERSKINE & AMERICAN UNITED CHURCH, Sherbrooke Street West, major interior alterations with new Chancel, 1938 (Gazette [Montreal], 14 Jan. 1939, 3, illus. & descrip.; R.A.I.C. Journal, xvi, April 1939, 80-1, illus. & descrip.; Montreal, Les Eglises, 1981, 26-9, illus.)
ARGENTEUIL COUNTY, restoration of Carillon Barracks Museum, 1938-39 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xvi, June 1939, 139-40)
HUDSON HEIGHTS, QUE., addition to Public School, 1939 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
GASPE, QUE., St. Paul's Anglican Church, 1940 (Gazette [Montreal], 4 May 1940, 3, descrip.)

Commercial & Industrial Works

CANADA PAINT CO., William Street, addition to factory, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 12 April 1911, 56)
HENRY BIRKS & SONS, Cathcart Street at Union Avenue, 1911-12; addition, 1926 (C.R., xxv, 19 July 1911, 49, illus. & descrip.; Const., viii, July 1915, 312-15, illus. & descrip.; Montreal, Les Hotels Les Immeubles de Bureaux, 1983, 206-09, illus.)
WINNIPEG, MAN., Birks Building, Portage Avenue, alterations and remodelling of facade of the Y.M.C.A. Building designed by George C. Browne, 1913 (Const., ix, Sept. 1916, 294-6, illus. & descrip.; Winnipeg, 1991-The Year Past, 1993, 43-8, illus.; Charles C. Hill, edit., Artists, Architects & Artisans - Canadian Art 1890-1918, 2013, 196-97, illus. & descrip.) )
(with J.Rawson Gardiner) LIVERPOOL, LONDON & GLOBE INSURANCE CO., Dorchester Boulevard West at Union Avenue, 1914-15 (C.R., xxviii, 15 April 1914, 78; xxx, 8 March 1916, 231; American Architect & Architectural Review [Boston], cxxiv, 4 July 1923, illus.)
ST. HYACINTHE, QUE., store, showroom and offices for H.T. Chalifoux of the Southern Canada Power Co., 1916-17 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
HENRY BIRKS & SONS, Phillips Square at Ste. Catherine Street West, addition to retail store and offices, 1920; 1931 (C.R., xxxiii, 17 Dec. 1919, 47; Montreal, Les Magasins Les Cinemas, 1985, 164-7, illus.)
ELMHURST DAIRY CO., Western Avenue at Elmhurst Avenue, office building, 1924 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
ROYAL GARAGE, St. Monique Street at Cathcart Street, 1925 (C.R., xxxix, 6 May 1925, 449, illus. & descrip.; Const., xx, Aug. 1927, 263-5, illus. & descrip.)
DRUMMOND MEDICAL BUILDING, Drummond Street, 1929-30 (Const., xxiii, Sept. 1930, 297-8, 303-06, illus. & descrip.; R.A.I.C. Journal, vii, Sept. 1930, xxiv, illus. in advert.; Montreal, Les Hotels Les Immeubles de Bureaux, 1983, 182-6, illus.)
SASKATOON, SASK., Henry Birks & Sons Building, 21st Street East at Third Avenue South, 1929 (C.R., xliv, 16 April 1930, 459, illus. & descrip.)
EDMONTON, ALTA., Henry Birks & Sons Building, 104th Street at Jasper Avenue, 1929 (C.R., xliii, 21 Aug. 1929, 96; City of Edmonton, Historical Walking Tours of Downtown Edmonton, 1988, 34, illus.)
CALGARY, ALTA., Henry Birks & Sons Building, 8th Avenue West near Third Street, 1929 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
DRESNER'S LADIES SHOP, Ste. Catherine Street West, 1932 (Const., xxv, Dec. 1932, 291-2, but lacking attribution; xxvi, Jan. 1933, 9, with correction)
MERIT MOTORS LTD., Ste. Catherine Street West, showroom and repair shops, 1934 (C.R., xlviii, 24 Jan. 1934, 28)

Residential Works

WESTMOUNT, for A.F. Byers, Belmont Avenue, 1910 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for H.C. Hitch, Western Avenue near Olivier Avenue, 1910 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for Maxwell Goldstein, Westmount Avenue, 1910-11 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
McGREGOR STREET, two houses for T.P. Howard, 1910-11 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for Mrs. George T. Hyde, Westmount Avenue, 1911 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for Dr. William Giles, Windsor Avenue, 1911 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for T.H. Prissick, Bellevue Avenue, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 18 Oct. 1911, 57)
PINE AVENUE WEST, at Cedar Avenue, for George A. Greene, 1911 (Const., viii, June 1915, 269, 272, illus. & descrip.)
SENNEVILLE, QUE., for Dr. J.L. Todd, Senneville Road, 1912 (C.R., xxv, 27 Dec. 1911, 64; Montreal, Les Residences, 1987, 715-17, illus.; H. Kalman, History of Canadian Architecture, 1994, 630-1, illus. & descrip.)
WESTMOUNT, for T.P. Howard, Avenue Road, 1912 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
METIS, QUE., for George W. Grier, 1913 (Charles C. Hill, edit., Artists, Architects & Artisans - Canadian Art 1890-1918, 2013, 82-3, illus. & descrip.; dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, two houses for Thomas W. Lamb, The Boulevard, 1913 (C.R., xxvii, 19 Feb. 1913, 78)
WESTMOUNT, residence for Percy Nobbs, Architect, Belvedere Road, 1913 (C.H.G., iii, May 1926, 80; H. Kalman, History of Canadian Architecture, 1994, 621, illus. & descrip.; Charles C. Hill, edit., Artists, Architects & Artisans - Canadian Art 1890-1918, 2013, 69-74, illus. & descrip.; dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, pair of houses for T.P. Howard, Avenue Road near Clarke Avenue, 1914-15; additions 1919 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for C.W. Tinling, Edgehill Avenue, 1915 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, pair of houses for Thomas Lamb, Grosvenor Avenue, 1915 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
OSGOOD LAKE, N.Y., for W.L. McDougald, 1915 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for Dr. W. Gordon M. Byers, Summit Circle, 1916-17 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
TROIS RIVIERES, QUE., worker's housing for the Wayagamack Pulp & Paper Co., Notre Dame Street, 1919; Dormitory Block, 1920 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
HAMPSTEAD, for Mrs. A.F. Byers, Queen Mary Road at Ellerdale Road, 1919 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
MONTREAL WEST, two houses for Henry R. Trenholme, 1919-20 (C.R., xxxiii, 31 Dec. 1919, 47)
WESTMOUNT, two houses for Dr. A. Stanfield and Dr. F.B. Gurd, Westmount Avenue at Mount Pleasant Avenue, 1921 (C.R., xxxv, 4 May 1921, 60)
WESTMOUNT, for Dr. J. Roddick Byers, The Boulevard, 1922 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for J.Harold Magor, Mount Pleasant Avenue at Montrose Avenue, 1922 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for Henry R. Trenholme, Mount Pleasant Avenue, 1922 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for Dr. W.L. McDougald, Sunnyside Avenue, arched gateway linking house and garage, with cast iron gate and fence, 1922 (Const., xviii, June 1925, 19, illus. in advert.; R.A.I.C. Journal, v, June 1928, 214, 218, illus.; dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for Mrs. Katie Stewart, Edgehill Road, 1922 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
CEDAR AVENUE, for Mrs. George T. Hyde, 1922-23 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
DORVAL, QUE., for Arthur H. Scott, Lakeshore Road, 1923 (C.R., xxxvi, 11 Oct. 1922, 52; R.A.I.C. Journal, v, May 1928, 180, illus.; June 1928, 213-14, descrip.; C.H.G., vii, April 1930, 40, illus.; ix, Jan. 1932, 59, illus.; xvi, May 1939, 45, illus.; Montreal, Les Résidences, 1987, 178-81, illus.)
WESTMOUNT, Grove Park Housing Estate, 1924-29 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for Mrs. R.J. Durley, The Boulevard, 1925 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
TROIS RIVIERES, QUE., restoration of house for C.R. Whitehead, 1925 (C.H.G., iv, Dec. 1927, 28-9, illus.)
WESTMOUNT, for Ross Clarkson, The Boulevard, 1926 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for F.C. Wilson, Belvedere Place, 1926 (R.A.I.C. Journal, iv, June 1927, 209, 229, illus.)
PINE AVENUE WEST, for Mrs. G.T. Hyde, 1926 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for W.M. and J. Henry Birks, Belvedere Place, 1927 (R.A.I.C. Journal, v, May 1928, 172-3, illus.; Montreal, Les Résidences, 1987, 72-3, illus.)
DELTA UPSILON FRATERNITY, McTavish Street, major addition, 1928 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
REDPATH CRESCENT, for R. Reid Dobell, 1928 (C.R., xlii, 12 Sept. 1928, 54)
REDPATH CRESCENT, for George W. Grier, 1929 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
WESTMOUNT, for John Colford, Bellevue Avenue, 1929-31 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
HALIFAX, N.S., for A.J. Lomas, Bloomingdale Terrace, 1931; addition 1939 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
ALMONTE, ONT., reconstruction of Baird's Mill as residence and studio for R. Tait McKenzie, 1931 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
LAC BRULE, QUE., for Ross Clarkson, 1933 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
MOUNT ROYAL, for William Thow, Cedar Crescent, 1937 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)
KNOWLTON, QUE., for Mrs. G. Miller Hyde, 1942 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)

NOBBS & VALENTINE

PHILLIPS SQUARE, offices for the architects located in the Henry Birks Building, c. 1912 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxv, Oct. 1948, 376-7, illus. & descrip.)
CHRIST CHURCH CATHDERAL, Ste. Catherine Street West, alterations, 1947-49; alterations to southwest Transept, 1950 (dwgs. in Nobbs Coll.)

COMPETITIONS

ENGLAND, Design for An Isolated Clock Tower and Belfry, 1900. Nobbs was one of six entrants who submitted designs for the annual Tite Prize, sponsored by the Royal Inst. of British Architects. His scheme, signed "Edificaturus" received the First Premium, and was illustrated and described in two large double-page plates in The Builder [London], lxxviii, 17 Feb. 1900, text p. 166 and plates. The design was the subject of some editorial criticism, however, as the design was described as one "...not of striking originality, but certainly one with the fewest faults" (Builder [London], lxxviii, 27 Jan. 1900, 75).
ENGLAND, Owen Jones Studentship for Travel in Europe, 1901. Nobbs was among six applicants for the scholarship, and received 2nd Prize of a Medal of Merit for his drawings of the choir stalls at Santa Maria Della Grazie Church in Milan (Builder [London], lxxx, 26 Jan. 1901, 78; Building News [London], lxxx, 1 March 1901, 291, descrip.). These drawings were later published as three full-page plates in Building News [London], lxxxi, 23 Aug. 1901, 243, 256-57, and 261.
ENGLAND, Design for a Town Church, 1903. Nobbs submitted an elaborate Edwardian design to the Royal Institute of British Architects as part of their annual Soane Medallion competition in 1903. He was one of 21 students who submitted designs, but failed to place among the finalists (Builder [London], lxxxiv, 24 Jan. 1903, 79). His drawings were eventually published in the British Architect [London], lix, 20 March 1903, 206 and plates, where it was cited as ‘a clever design among the most noticeable in the recent Soane Medallion competiton drawings’
ENGLAND, Owen Jones Studentship for Travel in Europe, 1903. Nobbs received the First Prize of £ 100 for his measured drawings showing details inside a Romanesque Church (Building News [London], lxxxiv, 23 Jan. 1903, 112, 114; with critique of drawings 6 Feb. 1903, 185; Builder [London], lxxxiv, 24 Jan. 1903, 80, descrip.)
WINNIPEG, MAN., City Hall, Main Street at William Street, 1912-13. Thirty-nine submissions were received from architects across Canada, but the scheme proposed by Nobbs & Hyde was not one of the finalists (dwgs. in the Nobbs Coll.) The winning design was prepared by Clemesha & Portnall of Regina, but the project was not built.
REGINA, SASK., War Memorial Museum, Albert Street, 1919. Nobbs & Hyde were one of eight architectural firms invited to submit proposals for this major commission, competing against other talented architects including Edward & W.S. Maxwell, Brown & Vallance, and Storey & Van Egmond. Nobbs & Hyde were awarded First Premium, but the scheme was never realised (Const., xii, Sept. 1919, 268-71, 277-78, illus. & descrip.)
HAMILTON, ONT., North Western Entrance to the City, 1927-28. This competition was initiated by the City of Hamilton to create a series of parks, gardens and a high level bridge on the lands adjacent to Dundurn Castle. Nobbs & Hyde, in collaboration with Noulan Couchon, prepared an highly ordered design inspired by 18th Century French landscape precedent. Their entry was not premiated, but their elaborate watercolour drawings survive in the Nobbs Coll. at McGill University.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, Palace for the League of Nations, 1927. The scheme submitted by Nobbs & Hyde was a stiff and somewhat outdated Edwardian proposal which proved to be no match for the dramatic and innovative designs put forward by progressive European architects such as Le Corbusier, Eliel Saarinen, Richard Neutra and Hannes Meyer. Nobbs was not included in the twenty-seven finalists. The First Premium was later awarded to Henri-Paul Nenot of Paris. Presentation drawings prepared by Nobbs can be found in the Nobbs Collection (Architect & Building News [London], cxviii, 9 Dec. 1927, 881-2, 885, illus. & descrip.; R.A.I.C. Journal, v, May 1928, 187-190, illus. & descrip.)