Blackadder, Henry

BLACKADDER, Henry (1882-1968), active in Vancouver, B.C., was born in Dundee, Scotland on 11 September 1882 and articled for four years in the office of T.M. Cappon of Dundee. In June 1903 he moved to London where he became an assistant to Sir Ernest George, FRIBA, an acknowledged master of the Edwardian style. Blackadder remained there until 1911 then emigrated to Canada where he settled in Vancouver. The following year he formed a partnership with Alexander S.W. MacKay and opened an office in North Vancouver. Their practice was interrupted by WWI when Blackadder went overseas to serve in France and Germany with the Canadian Engineers. The office re-opened in 1919, then relocated in downtown Vancouver in 1921 where they remained active until 1930. Blackadder continued to practice alone from 1930 to 1936, and was in partnership with Joseph F. Watson from 1937 to 1942 (see list of works under Watson & Blackadder). He was elected president of the Architectural Inst. of British Columbia in 1942 and remained in practice until 1950. Blackadder died in Vancouver on 11 April 1968 (death notice Vancouver Sun, 15 April 1968, 28; inf. R.I.B.A., London; Architectural Inst. of British Columbia; D. Luxton, Building the West: The Early Architects of British Columbia, 2003, 394-5, 493)


NORTH VANCOUVER, residence for Thomas Nye, Carisbrooke Road East, 1912 (H. Kalman, Exploring Vancouver, 1993, 233, illlus.)
NORTH VANCOUVER, residence for J.W. Donaldson, Grand Boulevard, 1912 (North Vancouver b.p., 1912)
NORTH VANCOUVER, apartment block for R.E. MacNaughton, Lonsdale Avenue, 1912 (North Vancouver b.p., 1912)
NORTH VANCOUVER, residence for M. Boult, Mahon Avenue, 1912 (North Vancouver b.p., 1912)
(with David Ewart) NORTH VANCOUVER, Drill Hall, 15th Street at Forbes Avenue, 1914 (Canada, Sessional Papers, 1915, Report of the Chief Architect)
NORTH VANCOUVER, residence for James Loutet, 1919 (Vancouver Daily World, 1 Aug. 1919, 18)
NORTH VANCOUVER, Lynn Valley School, Mountain Highway, 1920 (Vancouver Daily World, 5 June 1920, 27, t.c.)
IOCO, B.C., tract of eighty houses for the Imperial Oil Employee Housing Co., near the Port Moody refinery, 1920-21 (C.R., xxxiv, 24 Nov. 1920, 55)
NORTH VANCOUVER, residence for G. Larson, West 6th Street, 1921 (North Vancouver b.p. 1778, 1921; H. Kalman, Exploring Vancouver, 1993, 226, illus.)
NORTH VANCOUVER, major addition to hospital, East 12th Street, 1921 (North Vancouver b.p. 1726, 1921)
NORTH VANCOUVER, War Memorial Cenotaph, Victoria Park East, 1923 (inf. Donald Luxton, Vancouver)
NORTH VANCOUVER, residence for J.P. Young, Grand Boulevard, 1925 (North Vancouver b.p. 2516, 1925)
VANCOUVER, B.C., commercial block for William M. Horie, Cambie Street at Smythe Street, 1928 (C.R., xlii, 15 Feb. 1928, 49)
VANCOUVER, B.C., three warehouses on Granville Island for Western Hardware & Steel Co., 1929 (C.R., xliii, 16 Oct. 1929, 61; dwgs. Vancouver City Archives)


NORTH VANCOUVER, Royal Bank and block of three stores for R.G. Guiliani, Lonsdale Avenue, 1946 (North Vancouver b.p. 6020 and 6155, 1946)
NORTH VANCOUVER, residence for ME. Leighton, St. Georges Avenue, 1947 (North Vancouver b.p. 6110, 1946)
NORTH VANCOUVER, residence for J. Kotyk, East 29th Street, 1947 (North Vancouver b.p. 6186, 1947)
NORTH VANCOUVER, residence for H. Stel, St. Georges Avenue, 1947 (North Vancouver b.p. 6340, 1947)