Mann, Eric

MANN, Eric (1848-1929) was born in Edinburgh on 18 August 1848 and educated at the Royal High School there. He served his apprenticeship with Sir David Bryce who, more than any other figure in nineteenth century British architecture, was responsible for the development of the Scottish Baronial style. After his marriage to Agnes M. Baily of Edinburgh in 1873 Mann emigrated to Canada and opened his own office in Montreal during the following year. Few references to his work during the first decade of his practice can be found, but by 1890 he was frequently sought after for designs of stone-faced blocks of row housing and industrial buildings in downtown Montreal and in the outlying suburbs. Mann possessed a scholarly knowledge of architectural history and wrote a lengthy essay on the subject entitled 'Classic Architecture in Relation to Detail, with a few notes on Construction in Building' (C.A.B., v, Oct. 1892, 104). His 'Design for a Baronial Mansion' published in 1893, was a faithful interpretation of the Scottish Baronial style but one which was far too ambitious and costly if it had been intended for one of his Montreal clients (C.A.B., vi, June 1893, illus. plate). He was one of the founding members of the Province of Quebec Association of Architects in 1890 and, with Sir George Drummond, started the Royal Montreal Golf Club. Mann retired from practice in 1910 and returned to Scotland but then moved back to Montreal in 1920. He died there on 26 September 1929 (obituary in The Gazette [Montreal], 27 Sept. 1929, 2; obituary and port. in the Montreal Star, 27 Sept. 1929, 11; obituary in the R.A.I.C. Journal, vi, Oct. 1929, xxxii; biography and port. in The Montreal Board of Trade Souvenir, 1893, 160). His portrait can be found in the Notman Archive, McCord Museum, 100498)

MONTREAL

DALHOUSIE SQUARE, Fire Hall, 1882 (Gazette [Montreal], 22 Feb. 1882, 3)
DORCHESTER STREET WEST, opposite St. Mark Street, pair of houses for James W. Tester, 1884-85 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1885, 2, descrip.)
DORCHESTER STREET WEST, at Sussex Street, row of four houses for John W. Shotton, 1884-85 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1885, 2)
MANSFIELD STREET, major additions and alterations to residence for Dr. Thomas Nichol, 1884 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1885, 2)
BUSBY STREET, residence for D. McLean, 1884 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1885, 2)
STE. CATHERINE STREET WEST, row of three houses for Henry Morton, 1886 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1887, 2)
McGILL COLLEGE AVENUE, block of three row houses with 'each house containing about ten apartments', for an unidentified client, 1886-87 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1887, 2)
WILSON, PATERSON & CO., Young Street at Smith Street, office and warehouses, 1886-87 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1887, 2)
ST. PAUL'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Dorchester Street at Ste. Monique Street, residence for the caretaker, 1886; memorial window for John Hope, 1900 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1887, 2; C.A.B., xiii, Jan. 1900, 7)
ST. PHILLIPE STREET, row of three houses for George Wait, 1886-87 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1887, 2)
CAMPEAU STREET, at Rosseau Street, block of houses for Paul Hatton, 1886-87 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1887, 2)
R.C. JAMIESON & CO., St. Patrick Street, warehouse and office, 1887 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1887, 2)
SHERBROOKE STREET WEST, near Peel Street, two houses for Mrs. Samuel Wadell, 1887-88 (Gazette [Montreal], 17 Jan. 1888, 2, descrip.)
ARGYLE AVENUE, residence for Rev. J.H. Newnham, 1887 (Gazette [Montreal], 17 Jan. 1888, 2, descrip.)
WILSON, PATERSON & CO., Young Street, several warehouses, 1887 (Gazette [Montreal], 17 Jan. 1888, 2)
MONTREAL THISTLE CURLING CLUB, St. Monique Street, extensive alterations, 1887 (Gazette [Montreal], 17 Jan. 1888, 2, descrip.)
ST. URBAIN STREET, bakery for James M. Aird, 1888 (Gazette [Montreal], 17 Jan. 1888, 2)
STARR & KINSELLA, Mansfield Street, livery and boarding stables, 1888 (Gazette [Montreal], 17 Jan. 1889, 2)
CRESCENT STREET, residence for George Wait, 1888 (Gazette [Montreal], 17 Jan. 1889, 2)
CRESCENT STREET, pair of houses for J. and J.W. Palmer, 1888 (Gazette [Montreal], 17 Jan. 1889, 2)
EVANS & SON LTD., St. Jean Baptiste Street, major addition to warehouse, 1889 (Gazette [Montreal], 17 Jan. 1889, 2)
ST. DENIS STREET, at Rachel Street, block of seven flats for Daniel Hatton, 1889 (Gazette [Montreal], 17 Jan. 1889, 2)
ST. CHARLES BORROMEE STREET, row of five houses for Dr. James A. Bazin and row of three houses for J.N. Greenshields, 1889 (Gazette [Montreal], 17 Jan. 1889, 2; 3 Jan. 1890, 7)
PINE STREET, opposite Park Avenue, row of six houses for William H. Knight, 1890 (C.R., i, 30 Aug. 1890, 1)
GREEN AVENUE, residence for Mrs. M. Popham, 1890 (C.R., i, 13 Dec. 1890, 2)
ST. MATTHEW STREET, residence for F.E. Phelan, 1890 (C.R., i, 13 Dec. 1890, 2)
VICTORIA SQUARE, at Craig Street, reconstruction of the Evans Block, 1892 (C.R., iii, 12 March 1892, 2)
ST. DENIS STREET, two stores and dwellings for Olivier Robert, 1892 (C.R., iii, 15 Oct. 1892, 2)
ST. DENIS STREET, three houses for Mrs. Girard, 1892 (C.R., iii, 15 Oct. 1892, 2)
UNION AVENUE, two houses for D.A. McCaskill, 1892-93 (Le Prix Courant, xi, 2 Dec. 1892, 11)
ST. CHARLES BORROMEE STREET, row of six houses for Joseph Mulholland, 1892-93 (Le Prix Courant, xi, 2 Dec. 1892, 11)
EMILE STREET, two houses for T.A. McRae, 1892-93 (Le Prix Courant, xi, 2 Dec. 1892, 11)
ST. LAWRENCE WARD, Police Station, 1893 (C.R., iv, 16 March 1893, 2)
COMMON STREET, stores and dwellings for George Bury, 1894 (C.R., v, 4 Oct. 1894, 2; Montreal Star, 3 Nov. 1894, 8)
(with Perrault & Mesnard) ST. ANTOINE MARKET, Mountain Street at St. James Street, reconstruction after a fire, 1894 (Montreal Star, 3 Nov. 1894, 8; C.A.B., viii, Jan. 1895, 8)
FORT STREET, residence for James K. Strachan, 1894 (C.R., v, 14 June 1894, 2; Montreal Star, 3 Nov. 1894, 8)
CONCORD STREET, row of five houses for Thomas Sonne, 1894 (Montreal Star, 3 Nov. 1894, 8)
McCASKILL, DOUGALL & CO., St. Patrick Street at Manufacturers Street, factory and warehouse, 1895 (C.R., vi, 2 May 1895, 3, t.c.)
DOMINION COLD STORAGE CO., Mill Street, warehouse, 1895 (C.R., vi, 27 June 1895, 1 and 2, t.c.)
VICTORIA SQUARE, at St. James Street, warehouse for Alex MacDonald, 1895 (C.R., vi, 7 Nov. 1895, 3)
NOTRE DAME STREET EAST, at Woodyard Street, store and house for Camile Coderre, 1896 (Le Prix Courant, xviii, 29 May 1896, 624)
McCASKILL, DOUGALL & CO., St. Patrick Street, factory, 1896 (Le Prix Courant, xix, 18 Sept. 1896, 126)
CADIEUX STREET, tenement for R. Keough, 1896 (C.R., vii, 4 June 1896, 3)
ALBERT STREET, at Cote St. Antoine Road, two houses for Robert B. Hutcheson and F.W. Hibbard, 1896 (C.R., vii, 8 Oct. 1896, 3)
JAMES CORISTINE & CO., St. Paul Street, factory, 1896 (C.R., vii, 29 Oct. 1896, 2, t.c.)
DROLET STREET, residence for George C. Denman, 1897 (C.R., viii, 5 Aug. 1897, 3, t.c.)
MANSFIELD STREET, residence for Timothy Starr, 1898 (C.R., ix, 10 Feb. 1898, 4)
WESTMOUNT, residence for Charles N. Blakley, 1898 (C.R., ix, 9 Nov. 1898, 3)
STE. CATHERINE STREET WEST, between Drummond Street and Mountain Street, row of five stores for E. Lincoln Pacaud, 1900 (C.R., xi, 28 March 1900, 2)
ST. LAURENT STREET, near Mount Royal Avenue, two stores and two houses for David Sperber, 1901 (Le Prix Courant, xxxi, 17 May 1901, 770)
VICTORIA SQUARE, at Jurors Street, warehouse for Timothy Starr, 1902 (C.R., xiii, 19 March 1902, 5)
CHAURA KADISHA JEWISH SYNAGOGUE, St. Urbain Street near Ste. Catherine Street West, 1902 (Le Prix Courant, xxxiv, 18 July 1902, 42)
B'NAI JACOB JEWISH SYNAGOGUE, Cadieux Street, 1902 (C.R., xiii, 20 Aug. 1902, 3)
CROKER & BOUCHER, Dupre Street, factory, 1906 (Le Prix Courant, Week No. 10, 1906, 44)
MONTREAL WEST, 'Highcroft', a residence on West Avenue for C.J.W. Davies, 1906 (Le Prix Courant, Week No. 17, 1906, 44-5)
STE. HELENE STREET, reconstruction of a warehouse for A. Rudolph, 1907 (Le Prix Courant, Week No. 11, 1907, 42)
MONTREAL DISPENSARY, Inspector Street at St. Antoine Street, 1907 (Le Prix Courant, Week No. 17, 1907, 60)
PINE AVENUE WEST, at Cadieux Street, apartment house for David Sperber, 1909 (C.R., xxiii, 6 Jan. 1909, 21)
JOHN D. IVEY CO., Notre Dame Street West, office block, 1909 (Montreal Star, 6 Feb. 1909, 28, illus. & descrip.)

ELSEWHERE

TROIS RIVIERES, QUE., residence for A. Balcer, 1884 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1885, 2)
POINTE CLAIRE, QUE., villa for W.E. Shaw, 1884-85 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Jan. 1885, 2)
HEMMINGFORD, QUE., Methodist Church, 1890 (C.A.B., iii, Nov. 1890, 127; E. Phelps, Anniversary History of the Hemmingford St. Andrew's Wesley-Knox Pastoral Charge, 1964, 23, 27, illus.)
GRANDE LIGNE, QUE., the Feller Institute, 1890 (C.A.B., iii, Nov. 1890, 127)
LACOLLE, QUE., major additions to the Methodist Church, 1890 (C.A.B., iii, Nov. 1890, 127)
VAUDREUIL, QUE., summer residence for M.S. Foley, 1896 (C.R., vii, 4 June 1896, 2)
HUNTINGDON, QUE., several buildings for Truro Condensed Milk Co., 1903 (Le Prix Courant, xxxv, 6 Feb. 1903, 42)
POINTE CLAIRE, QUE., clubhouse for the Beaconsfield Golf Club, 1904 (Le Prix Courant, Week No. 21, 1904, 38)