Duerr, Herbert George

DUERR, Herbert George (1891-1966) was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. on 27 August 1891 and attended night classes in applied design at Carnegie Technical Inst. Much of his training occured in the Pittsburgh office of Prack & Perrine, specialists in industrial architecture in the U.S.A. and Canada. He moved to Hamilton, Ont. in 1911 and represented their office in that city until 1920 when he relocated to Toronto and formed a partnership with B. Kingston Hall (see list of works under Hall & Duerr). He opened his own office in late 1926 and by the mid-1930's had adopted a progressive modernist aesthetic for his work which attracted the attention of the Famous Players theatre chain. They hired him as their corporate architect to design many of their movie theatres in towns and cities across Ontario. Duerr died in Toronto on 3 March 1966 (death notice in the Globe & Mail, 4 March 1966, 47; inf. from Ont. Association of Architects)

TORONTO

THE MAJOR THEATRE, Rogers Road near Rosethorn Avenue, 1927 (C.R., xl, 8 Dec. 1926, 51; R.A.I.C. Journal, xxiii, Nov. 1946, 32, illus. in advert.)
NEW TORONTO, theatre for Columbia Pictures, Lakeshore Boulevard West at 4th Street, 1929 (C.R., xliii, 14 Aug. 1929, 65)
HOLLYWOOD THEATRE, Yonge Street near Heath Street East, 1930; addition, 1946 (Telegram [Toronto], 8 April 1930, 14, descrip.; 15 April 1930, 3, illus.; Const., xxiv, March 1931, 93-4, 105, illus. & descrip.; Toronto b.p. 88933, 15 April 1946)
F.C. BURROUGHS FURNITURE STORE, Yonge Street near Castlefield Avenue, 1930 (Telegram [Toronto], 22 April 1930, 13, descrip.; 14 May 1930, 16, illus.)
GAS ACCUMULATOR CO., Jarvis Street near Richmond Street, factory, 1930 (Toronto Star, 20 June 1930, 26)
ELLIS HOSIERY CO. & UNITED CIGAR STORE, Queen Street East at Lee Avenue, 1930 (Toronto Star, 19 Sept. 1930, 33)
BATHURST STREET, near King Street West, warehouse for David E. Bennett, 1930 (C.R., xliv, 8 Oct. 1930, 63)
FOREST MANOR APARTMENTS, Spadina Road at Lonsdale Road, Forest Hill, 1930 (Toronto Star , 18 July 1930, 25; 17 Oct. 1930, 37)
VILLAGE THEATRE, Spadina Road at Lonsdale Road, Forest Hill, for Famous Players Ltd., 1936 (C.R., l, 8 Jan. 1936, 24-5, t.c.)
CREED'S FUR STORAGE LTD., Davenport Road at Bedford Road, 1937; addition, 1944-45 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xiv, Aug. 1937, 161, illus.; Toronto b.p. 82569, 22 Dec. 1944)
FILM EXCHANGE BUILDING, Carlton Street at Church Street, for the Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution Co., 1945 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxiii, May 1946, 58, illus. In advert.)
NORTH YORK, ONT., theatre for the Theatre Holding Corp., Yonge Street at Norton Avenue, 1947 (C.R., lx, Feb. 1947, 148)
UKRANIAN NATIONAL FEDERATION, College Street, near Ossington Avenue, community hall, 1948 (C.R., lxi, Sept. 1948, 132)

ELSEWHERE

NIPIGON, ONT., club house fo the Nipigon Hunting & Fishing Club on the Nipigon River near Nipigon Bay, 1926 (C.R., xl, 12 May 1926, 52; Const., xix, May 1926, 167)
PRESTON, ONT., factory for Preston Electric Porcelain Co., Centre Street, 1928 (C.R., xlii, 4 Jan. 1928, 48, t.c.)
ST. THOMAS, ONT., Famous Players Theatre, Talbot Street, 1931 (C.R., xlv, 1 April 1931, 60)
LONDON, ONT., department store, Dundas Street, 1932 (C.R., xlvi,1 June 1932, 42)
(with C. D. Goodman) HULL, QUE., Cinema Cartier, for Famous Players Ltd., Main Street, 1936-37 (C.R., l, 17 June 1936, 32; Le Droit [Ottawa], 25 March 1937, 6-9, illus. & descrip.)
WATERLOO, ONT., theatre for William Dineen, King Street North, 1937 (C.R., l, 6 Jan. 1937, 29)
GALT, ONT., theatre for Famous Players Ltd., Main Street, 1937 (C.R., l, 8 Sept. 1937, 31)
VAL D'OR, QUE., theatre, 1938 (C.R., li, 12 Jan. 1938, 29)
LARDER LAKE, ONT., Capitol Theatre, with stores and apartments, Government Road at Godfrey Street, 1938 (C.R., li, 16 Feb. 1938, 29)
GALT, ONT., alterations to the Royal Theatre, 1938 (C.R., li, 21 Sept. 1938, 25)
SYDNEY, N.S., theatre for D.P. MacDonald, 1938 (Canadian Moving Picture Digest [Toronto], 8 Oct. 1938, 9)
WELLAND, ONT., theatre, East Main Street, 1938-39 (C.R., li, 23 Nov. 1938, 28)
PARRY SOUND, ONT., theatre for Brock Theatre Co., James Street, 1939 (C.R., lii, 1 Feb. 1939, 33)
SUDBURY, ONT., Regent Theatre, Elm Street East, 1938-39 (C.R., lii, 15 Feb. 1939, 28, t.c.; Canadian Moving Picture Digest [Toronto], 16 Sept. 1939, 7, descrip.)
TILLSONBURG, ONT., theatre for Premier Operating Corp., West Broadway Street, 1939 (C.R., lii, 5 April 1939, 39)
KINGSTON, ONT., Odeon Theatre, Princess Street, 1941 (C.R., liv, 26 Feb. 1941, 114, t.c.)
SOUTH PORCUPINE, ONT., theatre for Samuel Fishman and M. Karten, 1941 (C.R., liv, 14 May 1941, 30, t.c.)
VIRGINATOWN, ONT., theatre for Samuel Korman, 1941 (C.R., liv, 16 July 1941, 31)
OSHAWA, ONT., meeting hall for the Labour Temple, Simcoe Street North, 1950 (C.R., lxiii, May 1950, 140)