Bishop, Charles Hartnoll

BISHOP, Charles Hartnoll (1851-1924) served as Superintendent of Buildings for the Toronto Board of Education for more than thirty years and in that capacity designed many of the public and high school buildings erected there between 1882 and 1915. Born in Barnstaple, Engl. on 23 April 1850 he came to Canada with his parents at age five and settled in Barrie, Ont. He was sent back to England in 1863 for his education and served an apprenticeship with a master builder in Exmouth for five years. In 1878 he rejoined his parents in Toronto and worked as an architect and builder in the village of Yorkville until 1888 when he was appointed to the Public School Board in Toronto. In his position of Superintendent of Buildings he designed many of the schools erected in the rapidly expanding city before 1900. His workload increased after 1900 and his role became largely an administrative one. He was assisted by a succession of staff architects who carried out much of the design work at the Board, including Hiram R. Barber (in 1906-12), Robert G.H. Sedgwick (in 1909-19), Franklin Belfry (in 1912-18) and A.D. Waste (in 1918-19). His career would have continued after 1918 were it not for his forced resignation under a cloud of suspicion when he was implicated in questionable practices in the acquisition of titles to lands for schools and the granting of contracts (Globe [Toronto], 8 May 1919, 9). A judicial investigation by the Ontario Supreme Court in August 1919 found Bishop guilty of "...indifferent and negligent management" of his department, and stated that he had a direct conflict of interest in awarding sub-contracts to a trustee and friend on the School Board. He resigned in 1919.
His successor to the post of Chief Architect for the Board in 1920 was C.E. Cyril Dyson. After 1920, Bishop became a real estate agent in Toronto and died there on 1 December 1924 (obit. and port. Mail & Empire [Toronto], 2 Dec. 1924, 5 & 7; Globe [Toronto], 2 Dec. 1924, 11; Canadian Engineer, xlvii, 9 Dec. 1924, 594). One of his sons, Roy H. Bishop , continued to practice as an architect in Toronto.

MOUNT ALBERT, ONT., Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1878 (History of Mount Albert United Church, 1878-1978, 4, illus.)
NEWMARKET, ONT., Methodist Church, Main Street at Park Avenue, 1879-80 (Newmarket Era, 30 May 1879, 2, descrip.)
YORKVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, Yonge Street at Marlborough Avenue, 1879 (Telegram [Toronto], 8 June 1881, 4)

(Works for the Toronto Public School Board)

PALMERSTON AVENUE PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1888; demol. c. 1960 (dwgs. at Toronto Board of Education Archives)
QUEEN ALEXANDRA PUBLIC SCHOOL, Hamilton Street at Paul Street, 1889
GEORGE STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1889
LESLIE STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1889
CRAWFORD STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1889
GRACE STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, Grace Street at Mansfield Avenue, 1889 (dwgs. at Toronto Board of Education Archives)
PERTH AVENUE PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1889 (dwgs. at Toronto Board of Education Archives)
McCAUL PUBLIC SCHOOL, Caer Howell Street at College Street, 1890
HURON STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1890; addition, 1914
CHURCH STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, Church Street at Alexander Street, 1890
ORPHAN'S HOME SCHOOL, Dovercourt Road, 1890
GIRL'S HOME SCHOOL, Gerrard Street East, 1890
HOWARD PUBLIC SCHOOL, Boustead Avenue, 1890
FERN AVENUE PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1893
ROSEDALE PUBLIC SCHOOL, Scarth Road near South Drive, 1895 (dwgs. at Toronto Board of Education)
KEW BEACH PUBLIC SCHOOL, Queen Street East at Kippendavie Avenue, 1898 (Toronto b.p. 22, 30 Aug. 1898; dwgs. at Toronto Board of Education)
RYERSON PUBLIC SCHOOL, St. Patrick Street at Hackney Street, 1898 (Toronto b.p. 23, 30 Aug. 1898)
SHIRLEY STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1898 (Toronto b.p. 24, 30 Aug. 1898)
DUFFERIN PUBLIC SCHOOL, Berkeley Street near Dundas Street East, 1898 (Toronto b.p. 25, 30 Aug. 1898)
PAPE AVENUE PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1898; rebuilt 1912 (Toronto b.p. 83, 7 Oct. 1898; b.p. 35916, 9 July 1912)
WINCHESTER STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1898 (Toronto b.p. 84, 7 Oct. 1898)
BOLTON AVENUE PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1899 (C.R., x, 8 March 1899, 3)
HAMILTON STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1900 (Toronto b.p. 81, 18 July 1900)
KING EDWARD PUBLIC SCHOOL, Bathurst Street near College Street, 1900-01 (Toronto b.p. 291, 7 Nov. 1900)
FERN AVENUE PUBLIC SCHOOL, addition of third floor with tower, 1900; major additions, 1909; 1911 (Toronto b.p. 16427, 16 July 1909; 27921, 7 June 1911; dwgs. at Toronto Board of Education)
WITHROW AVENUE PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1901; major addition, 1914 (Toronto b.p. 71, 11 Feb. 1901; b.p. 14388, 24 Sept. 1914; dwgs. at Toronto Board of Education)
ESSEX STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1901; major additions, 1911 (Toronto b.p. 29134, 19 July 1911)
QUEEN ALEXANDRA PUBLIC SCHOOL, Broadview Avenue near Dundas Street East, 1905 (Toronto b.p. 659, 19 April 1905)
PARKDALE COLLEGIATE, Jameson Avenue, major addition, 1906 (Toronto b.p. 4612, 11 July 1906)
BALMY BEACH PUBLIC SCHOOL, Pine Avenue, 1906; major addition, 1910 (Toronto b.p. 23701, 10 Oct. 1910)
KENT PUBLIC SCHOOL, Dufferin Street at Bloor Street West, 1907-08 (Toronto b.p. 9773, 31 Dec. 1907)
HOWARD PARK PUBLIC SCHOOL, Howard Park Avenue, 1907-08; major addition, 1910 (Toronto b.p. 9774, 31 Dec. 1907; b.p. 23291, 15 Sept. 1910)
RODEN PUBLIC SCHOOL, Ashdale Avenue near Gerrard Street East, 1907; major additions, 1910, 1911 (Toronto b.p. 23057, 2 Sept. 1910; 27644, 31 May 1911)
LORD STRATHCONA PUBLIC SCHOOL, Robert Street, 1908
OGDEN PUBLIC SCHOOL, Phoebe Street, c. 1908 (Const., ii, Oct. 1909, 19, illus. in advert; dwgs. at Toronto Board of Education)
RIVERDALE HIGH SCHOOL, Gerrard Street East near Jones Avenue, 1909 (Toronto b.p. 17828, 21 Oct. 1909)
HARBORD COLLEGIATE, Harbord Street at Euclid Avenue, major addition, 1909 (Toronto b.p. 17947, 30 Oct. 1909)
PARKDALE PUBLIC SCHOOL, Lansdowne Avenue, 1909 (Toronto b.p. 17892, 27 Oct. 1909)
BROWN PUBLIC SCHOOL, Avenue Road near Lynwood Avenue, 1909 (Toronto b.p. 17553, 6 Oct. 1909)
GIRL'S HOME SCHOOL, Ontario Street near Gerrard Street East, 1909 (Toronto b.p. 17607, 8 Oct. 1909)
EARL GREY PUBLIC SCHOOL, Jones Avenue at Strathcona Avenue, 1909-10 (Toronot b.p. 18101, 9 Nov. 1909)
ALLAN PUBLIC SCHOOL, George Street near Wilton Crescent, 1909 (Toronto b.p. 18008, 3 Nov. 1909)
TORONTO ISLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1909
FRANKLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL, Logan Avenue near Danforth Avenue, 1909-10 (Toronto b.p. 18367, 24 Nov. 1909)
LEE PUBLIC SCHOOL, Ontario Street near Gerrard Street East, 1910
PARKDALE PUBLIC SCHOOL, Marion Avenue at Lansdowne Avenue, 1910
KIMBERLEY STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1910 (Toronto b.p. 19932, 21 April 1910)
EARLSCOURT PUBLIC SCHOOL, Dufferin Street near St. Clair Avenue West, 1910 (Toronto b.p. 23716, 10 Oct. 1910)
MANNING AVENUE PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1910-11 (Toronto b.p. 24021, 24 Oct. 1910; C.R., xxv, 19 April 1911, 56)
McMURRICH PUBLIC SCHOOL, Ossington Avenue near Davenport Road, 1910-11 (Toronto b.p. 24113, 26 Oct. 1910)
HUMBERSIDE COLLEGIATE INST., Quebec Avenue at Humberside Avenue, 1910-11 (Toronto b.p. 24161, 28 Oct. 1910)
OAKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, Oakwood Avenue at St. Clair Avenue West, 1910 (Toronto b.p. 24163, 29 Oct. 1910)
ELIZABETH STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1910-11 (Toronto b.p. 24218, 3 Nov. 1910; dwgs. at Toronto Board of Education Archives)
ANNETTE PUBLIC SCHOOL, Annette Street at Clendennan Street, 1910-11 (Toronto b.p. 24278, 4 Nov. 1910)
HILLCREST PUBLIC SCHOOL, Bathurst Street, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 29 March 1911, 52)
CALEDONIA PUBLIC SCHOOL, Innis Avenue, 1911 (Toronto b.p. 26184, 5 April 1911)
DUKE OF CONNAUGHT PUBLIC SCHOOL, Morley Avenue at Queen Street East, 1912 (Toronto b.p. 33791, 7 May 1912)
BEDFORD PARK PUBLIC SCHOOL, Ranleigh Avenue, 1911
PYNE PUBLIC SCHOOL, Bartlett Avenue, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 22 Nov. 1911, 60)
BRANT PUBLIC SCHOOL, Adelaide Street West at Brant Street, 1912 (Toronto b.p. 32881, 15 March 1912)
CLINTON STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1912 (Toronto b.p. 33594, 25 April 1912)
HESTER HOW PUBLIC SCHOOL, Elizabeth Street at Chesnut Street, 1912
JOHN FISHER PUBLIC SCHOOL, Erskine Avenue near Yonge Street, 1913
LESLIE STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, Leslie Street at Sproatt Avenue, 1914
NIAGARA PUBLIC SCHOOL, Niagara Street at Adelaide Street West, 1914
EAST DAVISVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL, Davisville Avenue near Mount Pleasant Road, 1914 (Toronto b.p. 14052, 27 Aug. 1914)
REGAL ROAD PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1914
WILLIAMSON ROAD PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1914
SHAW STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, Shaw Street at Argyle Street, 1914 (inf. Alex Bozikovic, Toronto)
PAULINE AVENUE PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1914
CARLTON PUBLIC SCHOOL, Davenport Road at Osler Avenue, 1914
HUMEWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOL, Humewood Avenue at Alice Street, 1914
KEELE STREET SCHOOL, Keele Street at Conduit Street, 1914
NORTH TORONTO HIGH SCHOOL, Roehampton Avenue, 1914
ORDE STREET PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1915
PARK PUBLIC SCHOOL, Shuter Street near Sumach Street, 1915-17

OTHER WORKS

ROXBOROUGH STREET, residence for Mrs M.A. Bishop, 1902 (Toronto b.p. 152, 6 May 1902)
TORONTO BOARD OF EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, College Street at McCaul Street, 1916; building moved southward and relocated at the rear of site c. 1960 (Building News [London], cx, 14 June 1916, 571, descrip. & plate illus., but lacking attribution; Toronto Star, 9 Dec. 1916, 5, descrip.)