George, Walter Herbert

GEORGE, Walter Herbert (1880-1959) was active in Ottawa, Ont. and was practising under his own name there as early as 1907. Born in Arkona, Lambton County, Ontario in 1880, he may have trained with an architect in nearby Sarnia. He moved to Ottawa in 1907 and opened his own office there. The name of W.H. George is associated with two major theatres constructed in Ottawa before WWI, including The Family Theatre (1911) and the Imperial Theatre (1913). In 1917 he left the private sector and entered the civil service with the Government of Canada, and became an expert in hospital construction. He later was employed in Ottawa with the Pensions Branch of the federal Department of Pensions and National Health. After WWII he held a position as staff architect and General Superintendent with the engineering division of the Department of Veterans Affairs. George retired from that post in 1949 and died in Ottawa on 29 August 1959 (obit. Ottawa Journal, 31 Aug. 1959, 7).


KENNISTON APARTMENTS, Elgin Street, between Waverly Street and Frank Street, for The Real Estate & Security Co. of Toronto, 1907-09 (C.R., xviii, 17 July 1907, 6; Evening Journal [Ottawa], 1 March 1910, 9, advert.)
THE FAMILY THEATRE, Queen Street, near Bank Street, 1910 (C.R., xxiv, 23 Feb. 1910, 23; City of Ottawa Directory, 1911, 806 ff., illus. with credit line to 'W. Herbert George, Architect' )
MONKLAND AVENUE, residence for J. Wilbur Mooney, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 31 May 1911, 66)
BRITTANIA BEACH, on the Ottawa River, near Carling Avenue, summer cottages for Sick Children, for the King's Daughter's Guild, 1911 (Ottawa Journal, 22 July 1911, 3, and 14)
MONKLAND AVENUE, residence for Alfred J. Stephens, 1912 (C.R., xxvi, 20 March 1912, 69)
IMPERIAL THEATRE, Bank Street near McLaren Street, 1913 (Evening Journal [Ottawa], 7 Nov. 1913, 1, illus. & descrip.; 8 Nov. 1913, 22, descrip.; 22 Aug. 1914, 9, descrip.; 25 Aug. 1914, 2, illus.; Andrew Waldron, Exploring the Capital: An Architectural Guide to the Ottawa-Gatineau Region, 2017, 65, illus. & descrip.)
WELDON COURT APARTMENTS, Laurier Avenue West, at Lyon Street, 1914-15 (Evening Journal [Ottawa], 9 Jan. 1915, 20, illus. & descrip.)
unnamed street, two pairs of duplex houses for an unidentified client, 1917 (Canadian Builder & Carpenter [Toronto], vii, June 1917, 9-11, illus. & descrip.)


AYLMER, QUE., Connaught Park Race Track & Club House, including grandstand and stables, 1912 (C.R., xxvi, 21 Feb. 1912, 63; 13 March 1912, 67)
ARKONA, ONT., Baptist Church, 1913 (Guide-Advocate [Watford], 13 June 1913; Canadian Baptist [Toronto], 19 June 1913, 12)
GUELPH, ONT., Nurses Residence at the Homewood Sanatorium, 1925 (Modern Hospital [Chicago], xxv, Aug. 1925, 107-09, illus. & descrip.)
REGINA, SASK., major addition to the Regina General Hospital, for the Pensions & National Health Dept., c. 1943 (dwgs. at SAB R.P. 9.49)