Roberts, Herbert Charles

ROBERTS, Herbert Charles (1888-1949) was born near Grogley, Co. Cornwall, England on 21 January 1888 and studied at Harleigh College in Bodmin, Co. Cornwall. He emigrated to Canada in 1909 and attended classes at the Toronto Technical School for three years. Roberts joined the O.A.A. in January 1912 and specialized in the design and construction of apartment blocks in the Toronto area. By 1931 he claimed to have '....designed and supervised over 200 buildings including apartments, factories, warehouses, stores, garages, houses, etc.'. His best know work is the refined Art Deco design for the Mayfair Mansions Apartments, at 400 Avenue Road in Toronto (1931). Roberts died in Oakland, Calif. in on 14 November 1949 (inf. Ontario Assoc. of Architects; inf. David Roberts, Toronto)

(works in Toronto unless noted)

COLLEGE STREET, at Roxton Road, pair of apartment buildings for the Roberts Brothers, 1914 (Toronto b.p. 13652, 31 July 1914)
VANDORF APARTMENTS, Dundas Street West at Sheridan Avenue, for Brown & McKnight, 1916-17 (Toronto b.p. 9869, 26 Oct. 1916)
GARFIELD COURT APARTMENTS, Dundas Street West at Roxton Road, for the Roberts Brothers, 1917 (Toronto b.p. 10996, 19 March 1917)
W.J. KEENS MFR. CO., Spadina Avenue at Bulwer Street, factory, 1917 (Toronto b.p. 12669, 14 June 1917)
BILTMORE APARTMENTS, Maitland Street, c. 1920 (list of works in O.A.A. application form dated 25 Nov. 1931)
CRYSTAL GARDENS APARTMENTS, Maitland Street, near Jarvis Street, c. 1920 (list of works in O.A.A. application form dated 25 Nov. 1931)
CARLTON COURT APARTMENTS, Carlton Street near Mutual Street, c. 1920 (list of works in O.A.A. application form dated 25 Nov. 1931)
LINCOMBE HALL APARTMENTS, Sherbourne Street near Gerrard Street East, c. 1920 (list of works in O.A.A. application form dated 25 Nov. 1931)
PALAMAR APARTMENTS, Wellesley Street East near Jarvis Street, 1928 (C.R., xlii, 11 April 1928, 62)
ORLANDO APARTMENTS, Woodlawn Avenue West, near Yonge Street, 1928 (C.R., xlii, 11 April 1928, 59)
SYLVANIA APARTMENTS, Balmoral Street near Yonge Street, 1928 (Toronto b.p. A 6918, 17 April 1928)
DUNDAS STREET WEST, at Clendennan Avenue, three stores and apartments for G.W. Brown, 1928 (Toronto b.p. A 8728, 31 May 1928)
CROWN HOTEL, Jarvis Street at Gerrard Street, 1928 (C.R., xlii, 25 April 1928, 59; Canadian Hotel Review, vii, Jan. 1929, 23; Feb. 1929, 30)
MONTMORENCY LODGE APARTMENTS, Bond Street near Dundas Street East, 1929-30 (Toronto Star, 27 Dec. 1929, 27, descrip.)
STAR MANSIONS APARTMENTS, Charles Street East at Church Street, for H.H. Roberts, 1930-31 (Toronto b.p. 21358, 15 Dec. 1930; T. Morawetz, Art Deco Architecture in Toronto, 2009, 104, illus. & descrip.)
MAYFAIR MANSIONS APARTMENTS (also called The Four Hundred Avenue Road Apartments), Avenue Road at Edmund Avenue, 1931 (Toronto b.p. 23965, 14 May 1931; Const., xxiv, June 1931, 185; Telegram [Toronto], 9 June 1931, 16, illus. & descrip.; T. Morawetz, Art Deco Architecture in Toronto, 2009, 103, illus. & descrip.)