Prack, Bernard H.

PRACK, Bernard H. (1881-1962), a member of the Prack family of industrial architects and engineers who operated offices in Pittsburgh, Hamilton and Toronto. Together with his brothers Arthur E. Prack, Frederick Prack, and Walter Prack, he helped to establish the two Canadian branches of this American firm. Born in Pittsburgh in 1881 he began work there as Engineer of Works with the Westinghouse Electric & Mfr. Co. in 1903, and formed a partnership with R.B. Perrine, an engineer from Cleveland, Ohio, in 1911. They opened an office in Hamilton in that year and succeeded in completing more than twenty large commissions for industrial buildings, many of them constructed with newly developed reinforced concrete techniques wrapped in wide expanses of industrial glazing to light the manufacturing and warehouse areas within. Perrine left the firm in late 1917, and Prack lived and worked in Hamilton the next decade, taking up residence in the city and building his own house there. He opened a branch office in Toronto in 1919, and continued to work under his own name until 1927 when he and his brother Frederick created a new partnership of Prack & Prack. Bernard H. then moved back to Pittsburgh and continued to supervise the activities of the American office, and Canadian operation was left in the hands of Frederick. His best know work in Canada was the Pigott Building, an 18 storey stepped skyscraper modeled on the American Radiator Building in New York City (by Raymond Hood, 1924). It was the tallest building in Hamilton at the time of its completion in 1929.
Bernard Prack remained active in Pittsburgh until after 1950 and died there on 17 October 1962 (obit. Pittsburgh Press, 18 Oct. 1962, 24; biog. and port. Contract Record [Toronto], xxvii, 1 Jan. 1913, 61; biog. & list of works C.R., xxxi, 19 Dec. 1917, 1036; inf. from Alvin R. Prack, Hamilton, Ont.).
The National Archives of Canada holds an extensive collection of architectural drawings prepared by the firms of Prack & Perrine, B.H. Prack, and by Prack & Prack from 1911 to 1980 (NAC Acc. 86703/1)

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(works in Hamilton unless noted)

TORONTO, ONT., office and warehouse for Glidden Varnish Co., Wallace Street, 1911-12 (C.R., xxv, 29 Nov. 1911, 66)
HAMILTON BRIDGE WORKS, Waterbury Street, factory, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 30 Aug. 1911, 62)
STANDARD UNDERGROUND CABLE CO., Sherman Avenue North, office and factory, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 5 July 1911, 61; Canadian Municipal Journal [Montreal], viii, July 1912, 272-3, illus. & descrip.; Canadian Electrical News [Toronto], xxi, Aug. 1912, 75, illus. & descrip.)
MAGNET CREAM SEPARATOR CO., Lottridge Street, office block, 1912 (C.R., xxvi, 31 Jan. 1912, 64)
OLIVER CHILLED PLOW WORKS CO., foot of Hillyard Street, warehouse, 1912 (C.R., xxvi, 13 March 1912, 73)
TORONTO, ONT., Russell Motor Car Co., Weston Road at McCormack Street, 1912; addition, 1916 (Toronto b.p. 36243, 24 July 1912; Const., ix, Sept. 1916, 313)
TORONTO, ONT., Cowan Co. Ltd., Sterline Road, factory, 1912-13; addition, 1919 (Toronto b.p. 1506, 21 Dec. 1912; b.p. 26620, 3 Oct. 1919)
HAMILTON MALLEABLE IRON CO. LTD., foundry, 1913 (C.R., xxvii, 29 Jan. 1913, 70)
ANCASTER, ONT., Tamahac Club House, 1913 (C.R., xxvii, 12 Feb. 1913, 74, t.c.)
TORONTO, ONT., National Drug Co., Phoebe Street at Beverley Street, factory, 1913 (Toronto b.p. 2517, 19 March 1913)
DOMINION STEEL FOUNDRY CO., Depew Street, major addition to factory, 1913 (C.R., xxvii, 4 June 1913, 70)
WINNIPEG, MAN., National Drug & Chemical Co., Princess Street, warehouse, 1913 (C.R., xxvii, 18 June 1913, 70)
FORT WILLIAM, ONT., nail plant for the Steel Co. of Canada, Montreal Street, 1913 (C.R., xxvii, 24 Sept. 1913, 72)
CANADIAN WESTINGHOUSE CO. LTD., Aberdeen Avenue at Paradise Road, foundry, 1913; office building, 1917; brass foundry and chemical lab, 1927 (C.R., xxvii, 8 Oct. 1913, 71; xxxi, 10 Jan. 1917, 50, t.c.; xxxii, 26 June 1918, 512, illus. & descrip.; Const., xi, Aug. 1918, 240-8, illus. & descrip.; xli, 14 Sept. 1927, 55)
TORONTO, ONT., George R. Gregg Co., York Street opposite Piper Street, 1914 (Toronto b.p. 12219, 5 June 1914)
TORONTO, ONT., William Wrigley Jr. Co., Carlaw Avenue near Queen Street East, factory, 1914-15; major addition, 1919 (Toronto b.p. 14594, 8 Oct. 1914; b.p. 23049, 28 May 1919; Const., ix, April 1916, 112-15, illus. & descrip.; American Architect [New York], cxi, 21 Feb. 1917, plate illus., 116 ff.)
HAMILTON STEEL WHEEL CO., factory, 1916 (C.R., xxx, 18 Oct. 1916, 42)
TORONTO, ONT., Palmolive Soap Co., Carlaw Avenue at Natalie Street, factory, 1917; addition, 1923 (Toronto b.p. 12645, 13 June 1917; Const., xi, May 1918, 160-61, illus.; b.p. 58103, 13 March 1923)
WESTON, ONT., Canada Cycle & Motor Co., Eagle Avenue, factory, 1917 (Const., xi, Jan. 1918, 25-7, illus. & descrip.)

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DOMINION POWER & TRANSMISSION CO., power station, 1917 (Const., xi, March 1918, 89-93, illus. & descrip.)
STEEL CO. OF CANADA, Burlington Street East, office building, 1918 (Const., xii, May 1919, 158-60, illus. & descrip.)
TORONTO, ONT., Dunlop Tire Co., Queen Street East at Booth Avenue, factory, 1919-20 (Toronto b.p. 27690, 18 Nov. 1919; Const., xiii, Dec. 1920, 382-7, illus. & descrip.; Canadian Engineer, xl, 3 March 1921, 259-63, illus. & descrip.)
KINGSTON, ONT., Richardson Bath House, MacDonald Park near Lake Ontario, 1919 (Kingston, Building of Architectural & Historic Significance, v, 1980, 123-4, illus.; dwgs. at NAC, Power Coll. 81203/19)
OSHAWA, ONT., five buildings for Pedlar People Ltd., Simcoe Street South at First Avenue, 1919-20 (C.R., xxxiii, 31 Dec. 1919, 46, t.c.)
WOODSTOCK, ONT. Brunswick-Balke Callender Co., factory, 1920 (C.R., xxxiv, 19 May 1920, 59, t.c.)
TORONTO, ONT., Pure Food Building, Canadian National Exhibition, 1920 (C.R., xxxiv, 3 Nov. 1920, 53)
WOOD, ALEXANDER & JAMES BUILDING, King William Street at Ferguson Avenue North, 1920 (C.R., xxxv, 16 Feb. 1921, 17, illus. in advert.)
OAKVILLE, ONT., residence for J. Allen Ross, 1921 (C.R., xxxv, 5 Oct. 1921, 55, t.c.)
TORONTO, ONT., Church of the Resurrection, Woodbine Avenue at Milverton Boulevard, 1922 (C.R., xxxvi, 5 April 1922, 58; The First Fifty Years: Church of the Resurrection 1912-1962, 17-18, illus.)
EMPIRE THEATRE, Barton Street East, theatre, stores and apartments for Fred Guest, 1922 (C.R., xxxvi, 1 Feb. 1922, 50)
PETERBOROUGH, ONT., Western Clock Co., Hunter Street, factory, 1922; addition, 1927 (C.R., xxxvi, 24 May 1922, 55; xli, 30 March 1927, 50; R.A.I.C. Journal, ii, April/June 1925, xvii, illus. in advert.)
DELTA THEATRE & DELTONIA APARTMENTS, King Street East near Glendale Avenue, theatre, stores and apartments, 1922 (C.R., xxxvi, 7 June 1922, 51)
TRENTON, ONT., Dominion Combing Mills, wool combing and washing plant, 1922 (C.R., xxxvi, 26 July 1922, 82)
MONTREAL, QUE., International Harvster Co. of Canada, De Gaspe Avenue, warehouse, 1922 (C.R., xxxvi, 11 Oct. 1922, 49)
MILTON, ONT., P.L. Robertson Co. Ltd., office and warehouse, 1922-23 (C.R., xxxvi, 13 Dec. 1922, 50)
SARNIA, ONT., Mueller Co. Ltd., 1922 (Sarnia Observer, 28 Oct. 1922, 3, illus.)
BURLINGTON, ONT., residence for E.A. Isard, Torrance Street at Harris Crescent, 1923 (dwgs. in the possession of the current owners, Burlington, Ont.)
LISTER BUILDING, James Street North at King William Street, 1923 (C.R., xxxvii, 25 July 1923, 53; 26 Dec. 1923, 1246-49, illus. & descrip.)
TORONTO, ONT., Canadian Westinghouse Co. Ltd., King Street West at Peter Street, warehouse and factory, 1927; addition, 1934 (Toronto b.p. 97064, 30 March 1927; C.R., xli, 19 Oct. 1927, 24, illus. in advert; xlix, 13 March 1935, 211-13, illus. & descrip.)
HAMILTON STREET RAILWAY CO., King Street East at Sanford Avenue, street car barns, 1927 (C.R., xli, 27 April 1927, 53)
KITCHENER, ONT., Canadian Goodrich Rubber Co. Ltd., King Street at Wilmot Street, major addition to factory, 1927; addition, 1944; office and factory, 1948-49 (C.R., xli, 31 Aug. 1927, 56; lvii, Nov. 1944, 67, t.c.; lxi, Dec. 1948, 111)
LEAMINGTON, ONT., H.J. Heinz Co., Erie Street, factory, 1927-28 (C.R., xli, 23 Nov. 1927, 50, t.c.)

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PIGOTT BUILDING, James Street South near King Street, 1928 (Const., xxi, Feb. 1928, 55; xxii, April 1929, 106-10, illus. & descrip.; R.A.I.C. Journal, vi, Oct. 1929, xxx, illus. in advert.)
HAMILTON COTTON MILL CO., Mary Street, yarn mill, 1929; major addition to factory, 1945 (C.R., xliii, 10 April 1929, 62; xviii, March 1945, 172)
WESTDALE SECONDARY SCHOOL, Main Street West at Paraside Road South, 1929-30 (C.R., xliii, 17 July 1929, 59, t.c.; Const., xxiv, March 1931, 83-6, 91-2, 108, illus. & descrip.; R.A.I.C. Journal, viii, April 1931, xxxvi, illus. in advert.)
CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL OF COMMERCE, Sanford Avenue West, 1932 (C.R., xlv, 2 Dec. 1931, 52, t.c.; xlvi, 7 Sept. 1932, 1009-15, illus. & descrip.)
MARKLAND STREET, near Bay Street, residence for John A. Turner, 1932 (C.H.G., ix, July 1932, 18-19, illus.)
BRANTFORD, ONT., Canadian Durex Abrasives Ltd., Greenwich Street, major addition to factory, 1937; addition, 1941 (C.R., l, 27 Jan. 1937, 31; liv, 13 Aug. 1941, 30)
DOMINION FOUNDRIES & STEEL LTD., Depew Street, storage and inspection building, 1937 (C.R., l, 7 April 1937, 37)
STANLEY STEEL CO., Gerrard Street, office block and mill extension, 1941 (C.R., liv, 5 March 1941, 34)
CHIPPAWA, ONT., men's dormitory for the Norton Co. Ltd., 1942 (C.R., lv, 26 Aug. 1942, 24, t.c.; R.A.I.C. Journal, xxi, May 1944, 100, illus.)
H.H. ROBERTSON CO. LTD., Parkdale Avenue North, factory, 1945 (C.R., xviii, Oct. 1945, 132; R.A.I.C. Journal, xxv, April 1948, 122-3, illus.)
KITCHENER, ONT., major addition to factory for Dominion Tire Co., Strange Street, 1945 (C.R., lviii, June 1945, 76)
WESTON, ONT., addition to factory for Moffat's Ltd., Denison Road, 1945 (C.R., lviii, June 1945, 77)
ST. THOMAS, ONT., factory for Timken Roller Bearing Co., Talbot Street, 1945 (C.R., lviii, July 1945, 98)
TORONTO, ONT., Standard Sanitary & Dominion Radiator Co., Dufferin Street at Lappin Avenue, major addition to factory, 1946; office building 1947; addition to pottery building, 1950 (Toronto b.p. 90253, 17 June 1946; b.p. 6750, 23 March 1950; C.R., lx, Sept. 1947, 174)
IRVINGTON VARNISH & INSULATION CO. LTD., Burlington Road East, factory, 1946 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxiii, Oct. 1946, 258, illus.)
GREENING WIRE CO., Queen Street North, major additions to factory, 1946 (C.R., lix, April 1946, 148)
TORONTO, ONT., Mine Safety Appliances Co., Kendal Avenue, factory, 1946-47 (C.R., lix, Dec. 1946, 76)
HAMILTON GENERAL HOSPITAL, Barton Street East at Victoria Avenue North, addition of the Cooper Wing, 1947 (inf. from Alvin R. Prack)
PRACK & PRACK OFFICES, Main Street East, 1948 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xx, Oct. 1948, 370, illus.)
DELTA SECONDARY SCHOOL, Main Street East at Graham Avenue North, major addition, 1948 (inf. from Hamilton Public School Board)
LONDON, ONT., factory for Eaton-Wilcox-Rich Ltd., Highbury Avenue, 1949 (C.R., lxii, July 1949, 137)
DOMINION FASTENERS LTD., Parkdale Avenue North, factory, 1950-51 (C.R., lxiii, June 1950, 129)
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT., major addition to factory for Canadian Cellucotton Products Co., Victoria Avenue, 1950 (C.R., lxiii, July 1950, 128)