Eadie, Arthur Hunter

EADIE, Arthur Hunter (1897-1956) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 6 January 1897 and was brought to Canada as a child. His family settled in Toronto, and he was educated at the Toronto Technical School in 1910-12, and later attended evening study classes there from 1912 to 1915, and from 1918 until 1922. He articled with the prominent Toronto firm of Chadwick & Beckett (in 1912-16), then joined the office of John M. Lyle in 1918 and remained there for the next twenty-five years as draftsman and assistant to Lyle. With the advice and encouragement of his mentor, Eadie submitted a design in the competition for the Cenotaph War Memorial in Calgary, Alta. in 1927. He received First Prize for his classically inspired carved stone monument which still stands today. His design for another War Memorial in Winnipeg, submitted in competition during the same year, was awarded the Second Prize from a group of 25 designs sent in (Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 3 Dec. 1927, 1 & 2, descrip.; R.A.I.C. Journal, iv, Dec. 1927, 423).

For unknown reasons, Eadie decided to leave Lyle's office in 1929 and join the Toronto firm of Marani, Lawson & Morris, but his tenure there was brief, and within months he had rejoined Lyle. It was there that he met John J. Beck, with whom he was to later form a partnership in 1943 (see list of works under Beck & Eadie). When Beck retired in December 1953, Eadie continued to practise under his own name, specializing in designs for library and bank buildings. He was nominated as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Inst. of Canada in 1954, and served as Chairman of the Editorial Board for the R.A.I.C. Journal from 1949 to 1953. Eadie died suddenly in Toronto on 3 December 1956 (obit. Globe & Mail [Toronto], 5 Dec. 1956, 12; obit. R.A.I.C. Journal, xxxiv, Jan. 1957, 27-28, with port.; inf. Ontario Association of Architects)

(works in Toronto unless noted)

CALGARY, ALTA., War Memorial Cenotaph, 1928 (R.A.I.C. Journal, iv, Dec. 1927, 422-23, illus.; vi, March 1929, with critique by Eric Arthur, 101, 105, 109, illus.; Calgary Herald, 23 May 1928, 5, t.c.; dwgs. University of Calgary, Canadian Architectural Archives, Stevenson-Raines Coll. 37A-7825)
HAMILTON, ONT. residence for Roy D. Allan, Dromore Crescent, 1934 (C.H.G., xii, June-July 1935, 31, illus.)
NORTH YORK, residence for Irving D. Smith, Forest Glen Crescent, 1938 (C.H.G., xvi, Aug. 1939, 17, illus.)
FOREST HILL, residence for Dr. Lloyd A. Stirling, Whitmore Avenue, 1938 (C.H.G., xvi, Aug. 1939, 18, illus.)
LAWRENCE PARK, residence for Vernard H. McIntyre, Lewes Crescent at Rochester Avenue, 1939-40 (dwgs. in the possession of Shirley McIntyre, Toronto)
LAKE MUSKOKA, summer residence on Browning Island for Vernard H. McIntyre, 1941 (dwgs. in the possession of Shirley Mcintyre, Toronto)
DEER PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY, St. Clair Avenue East at Alvin Avenue, 1952 (inf. Barbara Myrvold, Toronto Public Library)
OSHAWA, ONT., McLaughlin Memorial Public Library, Bagot Street, 1952-53 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxx, Sept. 1953, 256, illus.)
UNITED CHURCH TRAINING SCHOOL, Charles Street West at St. Thomas Street, 1952-53; demol. 2009 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxx, Sept. 1953, 255, illus.)
PARLIAMENT STREET PUBLIC LIBRARY, Parliament Street at Gerrard Street East, 1954 (inf. Ontario Association of Architects)
ETOBICOKE PUBLIC LIBRARY, Brentwood Road at Birchview Boulevard, 1954-55 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxxiii, Oct. 1956, 396-99, illus.)
CASTLEBAR PUBLIC SCHOOL, Chartwell Road, 1955-56 (Globe & Mail [Toronto], 5 Dec. 1956, 12, list of works in obituary)
BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA, Queen Street West at McCaul Street, 1955 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxxiv, Feb. 1957, 49, illus.; dwgs. Bank of Nova Scotia Archives)
BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA, Bloor Street West at Spadina Avenue, 1956 (Canadian Architect, iii, Jan. 1958, 33-38, illus. & descrip.; dwgs. Bank of Nova Scotia Archives)