Brown, David Roberston

BROWN, David Robertson (1869-1946), a leading architect in Montreal for nearly 40 years, and active in the following firms:

David R. Brown, Montreal, 1892-93
Brown & MacVicar, Montreal, 1894-95 (with Donald MacVicar)
Brown, MacVicar & Heriot, Montreal, 1896-98 (with Donald MacVicar and John C.A. Heriot)
David R. Brown, Montreal, 1899-1903
Brown & Miller, Montreal, 1904-05 (with J. Melville Miller)
David R. Brown, Montreal, 1904-06
Brown & Vallance, Montreal, 1906-1919 (with Hugh Vallance)
David R. Brown, Montreal, 1922 -1931

(biography in preparation)

D.R. BROWN, (works in Montreal unless noted)

ATWATER AVENUE, school house for the Methodist Church, 1892 (C.R., iii, 8 Oct. 1892, 2)
WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Atwater Avenue near St. Antoine Street, 1893 (Montreal Daily Star, 28 Jan. 1893, 7, illus. & descrip.)
HOCHELAGA WARD, Presbyterian Church, 1893 (C.R., iv, 1 June 1893, 2, t.c.)
TAYLOR PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Papineau Avenue at Logan Street, 1893-94 (Montreal Daily Star, 23 Sept. 1893, 12, descrip.; Gazette [Montreal], 25 Sept. 1893, 7; C.A.B., viii, Jan. 1895, 9; Montreal, Les Eglises, 1981, 450-3, illus.)

BROWN & MacVICAR (works in Montreal unless noted)

SHERBROOKE STREET WEST, near Victoria Street, residence for Hugh Paton, 1894 (C.R., v, 12 April 1894, 2)
CRESCENT STREET, residence for George Hyde, 1894 (Montreal, Les Residences, 1987, 360-61, illus.)
MASONIC TEMPLE, Dorchester Street West at Union Street, 1894-95 (Gazette [Montreal], 29 June 1894, 3, descrip. of winning design in a competition against 10 other architects; Montreal Daily Star, 6 July 1894, 2, illus. & detailed descrip.; and 6 Oct. 1894, 8, illus. & detailed descrip.; C.A.B., vii, July 1894, 87; viii, Jan. 1895, 8)
WESTMOUNT, residence for Capt. John A. McMaster, Clandeboyne Avenue at Dorchester Street West, 1894 (Montreal Star, 3 Nov. 1894, 8)
SIMPSON AVENUE, residence for John Bulmer, 1894 (Montreal Star, 3 Nov. 1894, 8)
GRANBY, QUE., factory for Empire Tobacco Co., 1895 (C.R., vi, 3 Oct. 1895, 2)
FRENCH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Congregation Street, Point St. Charles, 1895 (C.R., vi, 3 Oct. 1895, 2)
HOMEOPATHIC HOSPITAL, McGill College Avenue, 1895 (C.R., vi, 7 Nov. 1895, 3)

BROWN, MacVICAR & HERIOT (works in Montreal unless noted)

CHAMBLY, QUE., Hotel Albion, 1896 (C.R., vii, 13 Feb. 1896, 2; C.A.B., ix, Oct. 1896, 159)
WESTMOUNT, residence for T. Charles Davidson, Mount Pleasant Avenue, 1896 (C.R., vii, 13 Feb. 1896, 3)
MONTREAL WEST, residence for Steven C. Oxton, Montreal West Avenue, 1896 (C.R., vii, 13 Feb. 1896, 3)
ROUSSEAU STREET, four houses for Alex D. Fraser, 1896 (C.R., vii, 13 Feb. 1896, 3)
MOUNTAIN STREET, residence for Wiliam Robb, 1896 (C.R., vii, 24 Sept. 1896, 2)
JAMES JOHNSTON & CO., Notre Dame Street, warehouse, 1896 (C.R., vii, 20 Aug. 1896, 3)
ST. LOUIS DU MILE END, Protestant School, 1896 (C.R., vii, 20 Aug. 1896, 3)
WESTMOUNT, residence for R.J. Inglis, Claremont Avenue, 1896 (C.R., vii, 20 Aug. 1896, 3)
PRINCE ARTHUR STREET WEST, residence for James Harper, 1897 (C.R., viii, 17 June 1897, 4; Montreal, Les Residences, 1987, 321-5, illus.)
STANLEY APARTMENTS, Stanley Street, for Roswell C. Fisher, 1897 (C.R., viii, 4 March 1897, 4; Montreal, Les Appartements, 1991, 424-7, illus.)
MOUNTAIN STREET, three houses for Albert A. Ayer, 1897 (C.R., viii, 6 May 1897, 4)
EDGEHILL AVENUE, residence for George G. Foster, 1898 (Le Prix Courant, xxii, Week no. 7, April 1898)
PINE AVENUE WEST, at Simpson Street, residence for James Sutherland, 1898 (Le Prix Courant, xxii, Week no. 14, June 1898)

D.R. BROWN (works in Montreal unless noted)

SHERBROOKE STREET WEST, at Shuter Street, three storey apartment block for S.K. MacFarlane, 1899 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 May 1899, 3, descrip.; Montreal Daily Star, 10 June 1899, 15)
CARTIERVILLE, QUE., residence for James C. King, 1899 (C.R., x, 16 Aug. 1899, 4; Toronto Architectural Eighteen Club Catalogue, 1901, 77, illus.)
STE. AGATHE, QUE., hotel for the Ste. Agathe Hotel Co., 1899-1900 (C.R., x, 1 Nov. 1899, 3)
BISHOP STREET, residence for C. Edward Gudewill, 1900 (Le Prix Courant, xxxix, 6 July 1900, 81)
BOARD OF TRADE BUILDING, St. Sacrament Street at St. Peter Street, 1901-03; rebuilding after a fire in 1901 of the structure originally designed in 1891-93 by Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge (C.R., xii, 25 Dec. 1901, 3; Montreal Daily Star, 22 Feb. 1902, 4, illus. & descrip.; 18 Aug. 1903, 11; and 7 June 1904, 13, illus. & descrip.; Montreal, Les Hotels Les Immeubles de Bureaux, 1983, 15-18, illus.)
SYDNEY, N.S., Vooght Brothers Department Store, Commercial Street at Court Street, 1902 (Gazette [Montreal], 29 Jan. 1902, 3; Sydney Record, 31 March 1902, 7, illus. & descrip.)
ST. LAMBERT, QUE., clubhouse for the Victoria Golf & Country Club, 1902-03; partly destroyed by fire in 1932; remaining portion destroyed by fire in 1950 (Montreal Star, 15 Nov. 1902, 18, illus. & descrip., and 19 Feb. 1903, 2; inf. Yves Guillet, St. Lambert)
OLIVET BAPTIST CHURCH, Dorchester Street West at Guy Street, 1902-03; and Sunday School, c. 1915 (Gaette [Montreal], 24 March 1902, 3; 22 May 1902, 5, descrip.; C.R., xiii, 2 April 1902, 3; Montreal Daily Star, 30 Jan. 1903, 10, descrip., but lacking attribution; and 15 May 1903, 3; and 14 Dec. 1903, 5, descrip.; [American] Architectural Review [Boston], xv, Dec. 1908, pl. 87-90, illus.; Const., viii, Dec. 1915, 510, illus.)
CRESCENT STREET, near Sherbrooke Street West, residence for George Hadrill, 1903 (C.R., xiv, 27 May 1903, 3)

BROWN & MILLER (with J. Melville Miller)

MONTREAL AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, Peel Street, a 5 storey clubhouse, 1904; addition and improvements, 1928 (Gazette [Montreal], 17 Nov. 1903, 2; Montreal Daily Star, 4 March 1904, 8, descrip.; La Presse [Montreal], 31 March 1904, 5, illus. & descrip.; C.A.B., xvii, June 1904, 98; Nov. 1904, 185, descrip.; Montreal, Les Edifices Publics, 1981, 158-9, illus.)
THE CANADIAN CLUB, on the top floor of the Board of Trade Building, interior alterations, with new club rooms, banquet hall, dining rooms, billiard room and kitchens, 1904 (Montreal Daily Star, 31 March 1904, 3, descrip.)
VALLEYFIELD, QUE., large residence for Mrs. J.R. McDonald, 1904 (original blueprints at Heritage Branch, Saskatchewan Parks, Culture & Sport, Regina; inf. Frank Kovemaker, Regina)
CUPAR, SASKATCHEWAN, large residence for James Gordon, 1916, built to the plans prepared in 1904 by Brown & Miller for the McDonald residence in Valleyfield. This house was moved in 1989 to the Qu'Appelle Valley, and moved again in 1992 to a site in Watson, Sask. It was then moved in 2001 to a site on Tower Road in the Rural Municipality of Blucher, near Saskatoon where it still stands as of 2015 (inf. Frank Kovemaker, Regina, Sask.)

D.R. BROWN (works in Montreal unless noted)

CHALEYER & ORKIN, Notre Dame Street near St. Peter Street, retail store for J.W. Orkin, 1904 (Le Prix Courant, Week no. 23, 1904, 62)
CRESCENT STREET, residence for the architect David R. Brown, 1904 (Le Prix Courant, Week no. 43, 1904, 57)
POINTE CLAIRE, QUE., new club house for the Beaconsfield Golf Club, Golf Avenue at Lanthier Avenue, overlooking Lake St. Louis, 1905 (Montreal Daily Star, 14 March 1905, 2)
LINTON APARTMENTS, Sherbrooke Street West, initial plans for a large apartment block, but this commission was later given to Finley & Spence in 1906 (Montreal Daily Star, 28 June 1905, 10, descript. of scheme by David R. Brown)
MOUNTAIN STREET, near Sherbrooke Street West, residence for W. Gordon Byers, 1905 (Le Prix Courant, Week no. 39, 1905, 16)
DESBARATS PRINTING CO., Beaver Hall Hill at Lagauchetiere Street West, 1906; addition 1929 (C.R., xvii, 28 March 1906, 4; xliii, 9 Oct. 1929, 54; Montreal, Architecture Industrielle, 1982, 46-7, illus.)
PINE AVENUE WEST, residence for Charles W. Colby, 1905 (C.A.B., xix, Aug. 1906, illus.)
NOTRE DAME STREET WEST, near St. Martin Street, residence and office for C. Simpson Garland, 1906 (Le Prix Courant, Week no. 16, 1906, 46)

BROWN & VALLANCE (works in Montreal unless noted)

PINE AVENUE WEST, near Cote des Neiges Road, residence for James Walker, 1906 (C.A.B., xix, Nov. 1906, 171)
JENKINS BROTHERS LTD., St. Remi Street at Acorn Street, factory, 1906; foundry 1909 (C.A.B., xix, Nov. 1906, 171; C.R., xxiii, 24 Nov. 1909, 23; Montreal, Architecture Industrielle, 1982, 136-7, illus.)
SOUTHAM PRESS LTD., St. Alexander Street, factory, 1906-07 (C.A.B., xix, Nov. 1906, 171)
DOMINION TEXTILE CO., St. Ambroise Street, factory, 1906 (C.A.B., xix, July 1906, 108; Montreal, Architecture Industrielle, 1982, 146-49, illus.)
VERDUN, Protestant Hospital for the Insane, new Engine House, 1907; hospital wing by David R. Brown heavily damaged by fire in December 1908, then rebuilt in 1909; reconstruction of Northwest House, 1909 (Montreal Daily Star, 7 Dec. 1908, 6; and 9 April 1909, 3; Montreal, Les Edifices Publics, 1981, 248-55, illus.)
STANDARD SHIRT CO., Delorimier Avenue, a 5 storey warehouse, 1907 (Gazette [Montreal], 25 April 1907, 10, descrip.; C.R., xviii, 1 May 1907, 6)
CANADIAN SPOOL COTTON CO., Riverside Park, office and mill, 1907-08 (C.R., xviii, 4 Sept. 1907, 2; Montreal, Architecture Industrielle, 1982, 212-13, illus.)
PINE AVENUE WEST, residence for the architect David R. Brown, 1907; alterations 1920 (Le Prix Courant, Week no. 41, 1907, 46; Montreal, Les Residences, 1987, 98-9, illus.)
McGILL UNIVERSITY, Strathcona Medical Building, University Street, a commission won in a competition in 1907; buiit 1908-11 (Montreal Daily Star, 31 July 1907, 12, descrip.; C.A.B., xx, Aug. 1907, 134; C.R., xxv, 21 June 1911, 43, illus.; Const., v, March 1912, 46-57, illus. & descrip.; Architecture [New York], xxv, 15 March 1912, Plates xxxi to xxxiii; R.A.I.C. Journal, ii, March-April 1925, 59, illus.; Montreal, Les Edifices Scolaires, 1980, 152-5, illus.)
CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, Cedar Avenue, 1908-09; Carruthers Outpatient Building, 1919-20 (The Standard [Montreal], 13 June 1908, 2 & 3, illus. & descrip.; J.B. Scriver, Montreal Children's Hospital: Years of Growth, 1979, 25, 37-8, 68, 70, illus.; Annmarie Adams, Medicine by Design: The Architect and the Modern Hospital 1893-1943, 2008, 60-5, illus.)
DARLING BROTHERS, Prince Street, warehouse, 1909 (C.R., xxiii, 14 Aug. 1909, 22)
UNITED SOAP CO., Bennett Avenue, factory, 1909 (C.R., xxiii, 6 Oct. 1909, 26)
WESTMOUNT, residence for J.W. Brown, Vendome Avenue, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 29 March 1911, 53)
PINE AVENUE WEST, residence for W. Robb, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 26 April 1911, 54)
MONTREAL HERALD BUILDING, Craig Street West at St. Alexander Street, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 8 Nov. 1911, 40-2, illus. & descrip.; Montreal, Archiitecture Industrielle, 1982, 24-5, illus.)
SHEDDEN FORWARDING CO., Victoria Square, office building, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 26 July 1911, 64)
MOUNTAIN STREET, residence for C. Edward Gudewill, 1912 (C.R., xxvi, 6 March 1912, 68)
SOUTHAM PRESS LTD., Bleury Street, office and factory, 1913-14 (C.R., xxvii, 30 April 1913, 177; American Architect [New York], cx, 5 July 1916, plate illus.; Montreal, Architecture Industrielle, 1982, 66-7, illus.)
OUTREMONT, warehouse for Joseph Wright, Beaubien Avenue West, 1914-15 (Outremont b.p. 971, 23 Nov. 1914)
YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION, Stanley Street, 1918-19 (C.R., xxxii, 4 Sept. 1918, 42; Montreal Daily Star, 27 March 1919, 3; dwgs in Canadian Architecture Coll., McGill Univ.)
CRANE LTD., St. Patrick Street at Pitt Street, factory, 1919 (Const., xiii, Feb. 1920, 46-8, illus. & descrip.; Montreal, Architecture Industrielle, 1982, 100-03, illus.)

BROWN & VALLANCE (works outside Montreal)

SASKATOON, SASK., University of Saskatchewan, a campus plan and the University Buildings, including:
Administration Building, 1910-12, and
Saskatchewan Hall Student Residence, 1910-12, and
Engineering Building, 1910-12; additions 1913, 1920; burned 1925; rebuilt, and
Barn and Stock Pavilion, 1910-12, and
Emmanuel College, 1910-12, and
Faculty Club, 1911-12; burned 1964, rebuilt;, and
President's Residence, for William J. Rutherford, Dean, 1911-12 (Daily Phoenix [Saskatoon], 24 June 1911, 5), and
Principal's Residence, for Walter Murray, 1911-12 (Daily Phoenix [Saskatoon], 24 June 1911, 5), and
Qu'Appelle Hall Student Residence, 1914-16 (Daily Phoenix [Saskatoon], 11 Sept. 1916, 3, detailed descrip., but lacking attribution to the architects), and
Physics Building, 1919-21 (Saskatoon Daily Star, 12 July 1919, 3, descrip.)
(published Sources for all buildings by Brown & Vallance on the campus are: Daily Phoenix [Saskatoon], 26 June 1909, 1, descrip., and Editorial p. 4; 5 Nov. 1910, 8, extensive descrip. of new campus buildings; C.R., xxvi, 3 April 1912, 56, illus.; R.A.I.C. Journal, i, Oct.-Dec. 1924, 109-21, illus. & descrip.; Journal of the American Inst. of Architects [Washington], xiii, March 1925, 96, 99, illus. & descrip.; D. Kerr, Building the University of Saskatchewan, 1979, pamphlet; Prairie Forum [Regina], v, Autumn 1980, 157-81, illus. & descrip.; H. Kalman, History of Canadian Architecture, 1994, 709, illus. & descrip.)
SASKATOON, SASK., King George Hotel, Second Avenue at 23rd Street, 1911 (Manitoba Free Press [Winnipeg], 4 Feb 1911, 31, illus.; C.R., xxv, 8 Feb. 1911, 31)
SYDNEY, N.S., Sydney Post Office, Dorchester Street, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 19 April 1911, 57)
SASKATOON, SASK. J.F. Cairns Department Store, Second Avenue at 23rd Street, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 3 May 1911, 56)
WINNIPEG, MAN., Canadian Fairbanks-Morse Co., Princess Street, warehouse, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 9 Aug. 1911, 66; Const., x, March 1917, 54, illus. in advert.)
SASKATOON, SASK., Canadian Fairbanks-Morse Co., 23rd Street, showroom and warehouse, 1911-12 (Manitoba Free Press [Winnipeg], 2 May 1911, 17, illus.; C.R., xxv, 1 Nov. 1911, 42, illus.)
REGINA, SASK., Regina College, for the Methodist Church, College Avenue, 1911-12 (C.R., xxv, 15 Nov. 1911, 40-1, illus. & descrip.)
WINNIPEG, MAN., Sheridan Apartments, Balmoral Street, for Stephan Sveinson, 1912 (Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 29 April 1912, 3, but incorrectly credited to "Brown & Wallace [sic], Architects"; Winnipeg b.p. 1016, 1912)
CALGARY, ALTA., Canada Life Assurance Co., 8th Avenue S.W., 1912 (Calgary Herald, 13 March 1912, 1, illus.; C.R., xxvi, 17 April 1912, 56, illus.)
SASKATOON, SASK., Knox Presbyterian Church, Spadina Crescent at 24th Street, 1912-14 (C.R., xxvi, 10 Jan. 1912, 62; Manitoba Free Press [Winnipeg], 29 June 1912, 12, illus.; Saskatoon Daily Star, 28 Oct. 1912, 39, descrip.)
CALGARY, ALTA., Calgary Herald Building, 7th Avenue at 1st Street West, 1912-14 (Calgary Herald, 31 July 1912, 1, 15, illus. & descrip.; C.R., xxviii, 29 April 1914, 524-5, illus. & descrip.; The Builder [London], cxx, 6 May 1921, 593, illus. & descrip.; dwgs. in Canadian Architectural Archives, Univ. of Calgary, 37A-7825)
WINNIPEG, MAN., residence for E. Victor Vallance, Grosvenor Avenue, 1913 (Manitoba Free Press [Winnipeg], 29 March 1913, 11, illus.)
SASKATOON, SASK., Bank of Nova Scotia, 2nd Avenue South, 1913 (dwgs. at Bank of Nova Scotia Archives, Toronto)
REGINA, SASK., C.W. Sherwood Co. Department Store, Albert Street at Victoria Avenue, 1913 (C.R., xxvii, 19 March 1913, 76; Canadian Builder & Carpenter [Toronto], iii, Aug. 1913, 28, illus. & descrip.; Const., viii, Jan. 1915, 34, illus.)
CALGARY, ALTA., Merchants Bank, 8th Avenue East at Centre Street, 1913 (C.R., xxvii, 21 May 1913, 69, t.c.)
WINNIPEG, MAN., Quebec Bank, Main Street at Lombard Street, 1913-14 (C.R., xxvii, 10 Dec. 1913, 147)
PORT ARTHUR, ONT., Whalen Building, Cumberland Street at Van Norman Street, 1913-14 (Const., x, April 1917, 125-6, illus. & descrip.; P. Vervoort, 'Thunder Bay's First High Rise and its Terra Cotta Symbolism', in Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Bulletin, xiv, Sept. 1989, 75-83, illus. & descrip.)
REGINA, SASK., St. Chad's Anglican College, College Avenue, 1913-14 (Morning Leader [Regina], 2 Aug. 1913, 14, illus. & descrip.; Const., viii, Jan. 1915, 15-16, illus. & descrip.; dwgs. at SAB, Regina, RP 1.67; RP 9.42)
REGINA, SASK., Canada Life Assurance Co., 11th Avenue at Cornwall Street, 1913-14 (Const., viii, Jan. 1915, 22, illus.)

D.R. BROWN (works in Montreal unless noted)

SASKATOON, SASK., University of Saskatchewan Campus, new buildings including: Chemistry Building, 1922-23, and
St. Andrew's Presbyterian College, 1922-23, and
Memorial Gates, 1927-28, and
Field Husbandry Building, 1929, and
(R.A.I.C. Journal, i, Oct.-Dec. 1924, 109-21, illus. & descrip.; Prairie Forum [Regina], v, Autumn 1980, 157-81, illus. & descrip.)
ROSEMOUNT SCHOOL, 8th Avenue at Rosemont Boulevard, major additions and extensions, 1923; 1926 (Gazette [Montreal], 3 March 1926, 5; R.A.I.C. Journal, iv, Sept. 1927, 327, 333, illus. & descrip.; inf. Scott Edwards)
ACADIA APARTMENTS, Sherbrooke Street West at Drummond Street, 1925 (Const., xviii, July 1925, 210-18, illus. & descrip.; Montreal, Les Appartements, 1991, 360-5, illus.)
FOSTER, QUE., residence for J.W. Norcross, 1925 (Const., xix, March 1926, 92-5, illus. & descrip.)
VERDUN, Electric Power Station for the Montreal Tramways Co., Wellington Street near Hickson Street, 1926-27 (Gazette [Montreal], 11 Feb. 1927, 4; inf. Scott Edwards)
TROIS RIVIERES, QUE., Hotel St. Maurice, Laviolette Street, 1928 (Canadian Hotel Review, vi, Jan. 1928, 52, illus.)
WESTMOUNT, residence for T.M. Hutchison, Cedar Avenue, 1927-28 (R.A.I.C. Journal, ix, Nov. 1932, 251, illus.)
WESTMOUNT, Chequers Court Apartments, Sherbrooke Street West at Vignal Road, 1928-29 (Montreal, Les Appartements, 1991, 394-6, illus.)
LONGUE POINTE, new Tuberculosis Hospital at the Grace Dart Home, Sherbrooke Street East near Cadillac Street, 1931-32 (R.A.I.C. Journal, viii, Jan. 1931, 29, 33, illus. & descrip.; C.R., xlv, 21 Jan. 1931, 63, illus. & descrip.; Montreal, Les Edifices Publics, 1981, 86-9, illus.)

COMPETITIONS (by David R. Brown)

Design for a Town House, 1888, awarded Second Prize for Drawing in competition organized by Canadian Architect & Builder Magazine (C.A.B., i, May 1888, 3, illus.)
MONTREAL, QUE., Protestant Orphan Asylum, 1894. Brown received Third Premium for his proposal published that same year (C.A.B., vii, July 1894, 90, descrip. & illus.)
MONTREAL, QUE., Liverpool, London & Globe Insurance Co., Place d'Armes at St. James Street, 1901. Brown was one of six architects invited to submit designs for this large office building (Gazette [Montreal], 7 Aug. 1901, 5; C.R., xii, 14 Aug. 1901, 3). The firm of Hutchison & Wood was later declared as the winner.
MONTREAL, QUE., Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, Peel Street, new clubhouse, 1903. The design by Brown received First Premium in early 1903, but his scheme proved to be far too costly for budget outlined by the MAAA, and the commission was handed to the Second Prize winner Finley & Spence (Montreal Daily Star, 17 Nov. 1903, 2)
LONDON, ENG., Design for the Masonic Peace Temple Memorial, Great Queen Street, 1926. Brown entered this two-stage competition and was one of ten British and Canadian architects invited to submit a detailed design in the second stage (Architect & Building News [London], cxv, 4 June 1926, 515-18, 531, illus. & descrip.). The jury, headed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, awarded First Premium to Ashley & Newman of London, Engl. The design by Brown later appeared in the R.A.I.C. Journal, iv, Jan. 1927, 15, 28-31, illus.
MONTREAL, QUE., Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul, Sherbrooke Street West at Redpath Street, 1929. David R. Brown was one of twelve Montreal architectural firms invited to submit an entry (R.A.I.C. Journal, vi, Dec. 1929, 442-3, illus.; inf. Scott Edwards). His proposal was later set aside in favour of the modern Gothic design by Harold L. Fetherstonhaugh, who was declared the winner .

COMPETITIONS (by Brown & Vallance)

OTTAWA, ONT., Departmental & Justice Buildings, 1907. Thirty schemes were submitted to the jurors and were evaluated by Edmund Burke of Toronto, who noted the design by Brown & Vallance was 'thoroughly scholarly and of a monumental character' but 'far too expensive and luxurious in scale for the requirements'. Their proposal scored 63 out of 100, ranking them in fourth place, for which they received a prize of $1,000 (inf. from Horwood Papers, Ontario Archives)
MONTREAL, QUE., Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Sherbrooke Street West, 1910. The firm of Brown & Vallance were one of three Montreal architectural offices invited by Edmund M. Wheelwright, the distinguished architect from Boston, to submit a design in competition for this important institution (Gazette [Montreal], 5 April 1910, 3; and 14 May 1910, 11). Their design was passed over in favour of the winning submission by Edward & W.S. Maxwell. A consolation prize of $1,000 was given to Brown & Vallance for their effort (Rosalind M. Pepall, Building a Beaux-Arts Museum - Montreal, 1986, 35-40)
WINNIPEG, MAN., Design for the Legislative & Executive Building, 1912. More than sixty designs were submitted, and the scheme prepared by Brown & Vallance was one of the five finalists, but Frank W. Simon of Liverpool was eventually declared winner (Const., v, Nov. 1912, 77, illus.; M. Baker, Symbol in Stone: Manitoba's Third Legislative Building, 1986, 32, 35, illus.)
TORONTO, ONT., Central Technical School, Bathurst Street at Harbord Street, 1912. Brown & Vallance were one of seventeen firms who submitted designs. Their Collegiate Gothic proposal was awarded Second Prize of $800, with the First Premium being awarded to their Montreal rivals Ross & MacFarlane (Const., v, July 1912, 68, illus.)
VANCOUVER, B.C., University of British Columbia Campus Plan and Buildings, 1912. Among the twenty submissions received from across Canada was a design from Brown & Vallance, but their scheme was not placed among the four finalists (inf. from University Archives, Univ. of British Columbia)
WINNIPEG, MAN., Design for the City Hall, 1913. Brown & Vallance were one of three offices awarded a share of the Third Prize, in this instance for a classically inspired Beaux-Arts design. Clemesha & Portnall of Regina, Sask. were declared winners (Const., vi, April 1913, 154-5, illus.). However, their winning design was never built.
OTTAWA, ONT., Departmental Buildings, 1914. More than 60 competitors from Commonwealth countries submitted designs for this major commission, but only six were elevated to Stage Two, and the project was never realized. The scheme by Brown & Vallance was not premiated (NAC, RG11, Vol. 2952, File 5370-1B)
REGINA, SASK., Canadian War Memorial Museum, 1919. A formally organized Beaux-Arts design submitted in a limited competition with seven other Canadian architects. The scheme by Nobbs & Hyde, also of Montreal, was awarded First Prize but their design was never realised. (Saskatoon Phoenix, 22 July 1919, 3; Const., xii, Sept. 1919, 274-5, 278, illus. & descrip.)