Kemp, Leslie Haggar

KEMP, Leslie Haggar (1899-1997) of London, England succeeded Jay I. English (1903-1947) as chief architect to the J. Arthur Rank Co. and its Odeon theatre chain in Canada. Kemp, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, began his practise in London, England in 1926 and specialized in the design of movie theatres. He designed several Odeon theatres in Canada between 1947 and early 1950 including the Odeon Theatre, Bank Street near Slater Street, OTTAWA, ONT. (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxvii, July 1950, 16, illus. in advert.). He moved to Brantford, Ont. to continue his practice in 1950 and resigned from the Ontario Association of Architects in 1967 (inf. Ontario Assoc. of Architects). Kemp died at Salisbury, Co. Wiltshire, Engl. in October 1997.

(works in Canada)

OTTAWA, ONT., Odeon Theatre, Bank Street, designed by Jay English, 1947; completed by Leslie H. Kemp, 1948-49; demol. 1999-2000 (Ottawa Journal, 20 May 1949, 30-32)
GLEN STEWART CRESCENT, residence for Robert H. Small, 1949, demol. 2021 (dwgs. at City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 410, File 3224)
(with F.C. Bodley) BRANTFORD, ONT., major additions to newspaper printing plant for the Brantford Expositor, 1950 (Financial Post [Toronto], 22 April 1950, 14, descrip.)
OLDCASTLE, ONT., rectory for St Stephen's Anglican Church, Howard Avenue near South Talbot Road, 1958 (Windsor Star, 21 June 1958, 9; inf. Andrew Foot, Windsor)

(works in England)

BRAINTREE, ENGLAND, The Embassy Cinema, 1934-35 (The Brick Builder [London], No. 38, June 1935, 20, illus.)