Drever, Colin Glass Croy

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DREVER, Colin Glass Croy (1887-1975), a native of Edinburgh, Scotland who lived and worked in Kingston, Ontario from 1912 until 1966. He was active in the following firms:

Power & Son & Drever, Architects, Kingston 1919-23
Colin Drever, Architect, 1923-1945
Drever & Smith, Architects, 1945- 1966

Drever was born 28 December 1887 and studied architecture and engineering at the George Heriot School in Edinburgh where he graduated in 1908. While attending school, he articled in the Edinburgh office of James Jerdan, Architect from 1905 to 1910, and then became an assistant in the office James B. Dunn, another local Edinburgh architect. Drever emigrated to Canada in March 1911 and settled in Toronto where he was hired by another Scotsman, Victor D. Horsburgh, Chief Architect of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, to assist him with preparation of drawings for bank branches across Canada.

In late 1912 Drever moved to Kingston, Ont. to join the long-established office of Power & Son, a leading firm in that city. The two sons, Joseph Power and Thomas R.P. Power, employed Drever as a draftsman in 1912 until 1915 when he left Canada to serve overseas during WWI. Upon his return in 1918, he was invited by to become a full partner in the new firm of Power & Son & Drever (1918-22). He opened his own office in Kingston in 1922, and practised under his own name until 1945 when he was joined by Harry P. Smith, and they practised together until December 1966 when Drever retired from the profession. Drever was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Inst. of Canada after 1950.

Much of the early work by Drever was devoted to institutional and educational commissions, and he employed a restrained Collegiate Gothic style for the Geology & Minerology Building at Queen’s University (1930), and a more reserved and conservative Georgian Revival style for Craine Hall on the same university campus (1937). However, with the arrival of Harry P. Smith in 1945, the design work by the firm took a dramatic shift towards a post-war modernist style, and Drever & Smith developed a reputation for their progressive and contemporary design of school buildings throughout eastern Ontario.

Drever died in Kingston on 13 June 1975 (obituary with port. Whig-Standard [Kingston], 16 June 1975, 2; inf. Ontario Association of Architects). The National Archives of Canada in Ottawa holds a substantial collection of drawings by Power & Son & Drever, by Colin Drever, and by Drever & Smith, from 1918 until after 1950. A brief biography of Drever was published in the 1986 catalogue from the Public Archives of Canada entitled "100 Years of Architecture in Kingston: John Power to Drever & Smith", pp. 8-9, by Joan Mattie.


(works in Kingston unless noted)

RIDEAU SCHOOL, MacDonnell Street at Dundas Street, 1925-26 (C.R., xxxix, 1 July 1925, 50)
HEMLOCK PARK, residence for Alfred H. Fair, R.R. 5, near Kingston, 1926 (dwgs. at NAC, Power Coll.)
HOTEL LA SALLE, Princess Street at Bagot Street, addition, 1927 (C.R., xli, 13 July 1927, 53; dwgs. at NAC, Power Coll.)
KINGSTON GENERAL HOSPITAL, George Street at O'Kill Street, reconstruction of the George Street Home, 1929 (Canadian Hotel Review, vii, June 1929, 37)
HOTEL DIEU, Brock Street at Sydenham Street, addition, 1929-30 (C.R., xliii, 14 Aug. 1929, 64)
QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY, extension to Nichol Hall, Union Street, 1930 (C.R., xliv, 29 Jan. 1930, 61, t.c.)
QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY, Miller Hall Geology Building, 1930 (C.R., xliv, 16 July 1930, 60; R.A.I.C. Journal, viii, Sept. 1931, vi, illus. in advert.)
KINGSTON TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL, Frontenac Street at Earl Street, 1931-32 (C.R., 1 July 1931, 797)
PRINCESS STREET, near Hillendale Avenue, Mother House and Chapel for the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, 1931-32 (C.R., xlv, 8 July 1931, 57)
PRINCESS STREET UNITED CHURCH, 1931-32 (Century of Service 1850-1950: A Historical Record of Princess Street United Church, 9, illus.)
EMPIRE LIFE ASSURANCE CO., King Street, addition, 1931 (Kingston, Buildings of Architectural and Historic Significance, ii, 1973, 40-4, illus.)
QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY, addition and alterations to the Arts Building, University Avenue, 1931-32 (C.R., xlv, 3 June 1931, 55)
QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY, reconstruction of Fleming Hall, 1933 (C.R., xlvii, 21 June 1933, 35, t.c.)
NAPANEE, ONT., residence for E.J. Roy, 1936 (C.H.G., xiv, Jan-Feb. 1937, 46, illus.)
QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY, Craine Hall, Arch Street, 1937 (C.R., l, 5 May 1937, 31; lii, 24 May 1939, 11, illus. in advert.)


KINGSTON GENERAL HOSPITAL, Victory Memorial Wing, George Street at Stuart Street, 1945-46 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxv, Sept. 1948, 328-9, illus.)
CORNWALL, ONT., Roman Catholic Separate School, 8th Street, 1946-47 (C.R., lix, Dec. 1946, 76)
SMITHS FALLS, ONT., major addition to public hospital, and construction of new Nurses' Residence, 1947 (Ottawa Journal, 30 Jan. 1947, 17, descrip.)
FRONTENAC PUBLIC SCHOOL, Cowdy Street, addition, 1947 (C.R., lx, Feb. 1947, 144)
WINSTON CHURCHILL PUBLIC SCHOOL, Earl Street at MacDonnell Street, 1947-48 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxv, June 1948, 208-9, illus.)
GANANOQUE, ONT., High School, 1948-49 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxvii, May 1950, 173, illus.)
BROCKVILLE, ONT., summer residence and boat house for E.C. Cossitt, 1949 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxvi, July 1949, 217, illus.)
CORNWALL, ONT., Hotel Dieu Hospital, McConnell Avenue, 1950-51 (C.R., lxiii, Jan. 1950, 144)
BROCKVILLE, ONT., Memorial Arena, 1950 (C.R., lxiii, June 1950, 128)
PORTSMOUTH, St. Michael's Roman Catholic Separate School, Baiden Street, 1950 (C.R., lxiii, Sept. 1950, 128)