Smith, Charles Wellington

SMITH, Charles Wellington (1878-1973) was born on 15 May 1878 on the Smith estate on Jane Street in York Township, a site which the family had settled in 1872. From 1902 to 1908 he served an apprenticeship with E.R. Babington in Toronto, and developed his talents as a designer and draftsman, winning Second Prize in the Canadian Architect & Builder competition for a Suburban House in 1903 (C.A.B., xvi, Feb. 1903, plate illus.). In 1913 he formed a partnership with Percival R. Wright and the firm remained active until 1937, completing many commissions for schools in York Township, in northwesst Toronto, the most notable of which was the impressive Collegiate Gothic design for York Memorial Collegiate. Smith continued to practise under his own name after 1938 and retired in 1959. He died at the family estate in York Township on 4 September 1973 (obit. Toronto Star, 4 Sept. 1973, A7; inf. Ontario Assoc. of Architects)


DUNDAS STREET WEST, at Pacific Avenue, store and dwelling for William Rowntree, 1920 (Toronto b.p. 33868, 3 Sept. 1920)
LONG BRANCH, public school and auditorium for School District No. 16, 1921 (C.R., xxxv, 13 July 1921, 47, t.c.)
STAYNER, ONT., public school, 1922 (C.R., xxxvi, 31 May 1922, 58)
ETOBICOKE, public school at Islington, 1922 (C.R., xxxvi, 22 Nov. 1922, 23, illus. in advert.)
KESWICK, ONT., major addition and alterations to United Church, 1925 (Souvenir of the Re-Opening of Keswick United Church, 1925)
DIXIE, ONT., public school, 1926-27 (R.A.I.C. Journal, iv, July 1927, 257, 260-1, illus. & descrip.)
MORNINGSIDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Morningside Avenue, major addition, 1927 (Toronto Star, 8 Jan. 1927, 22, illus.)
YORK MEMORIAL COLLEGIATE, Eglinton Avenue West at Tretheway Drive, 1929 (Globe [Toronto], 7 March 1929, 13, illus.; C.R., xliii, 10 April 1929, 377, illus. & descrip.)
HUMBERCREST PUBLIC SCHOOL, St. Mark's Road, major addition of two wings, 1930 (Toronto Star, 17 Oct. 1930, 37)
YORK TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL OFFICE, St. Clair Avenue West near Keele Street, 1934 (C.R., xlviii, 30 May 1934, 477)
SCARBOROUGH, 'Valley Halla', a residence for Dr. Robert Jackson, Meadowvale Road overlooking the Rouge River, 1936 (C.H.G., xv, Aug. 1938, 8, 32-5, illus.; Toronto Star, 19 May 1985, C4, illus.)


VAUGHAN ROAD COLLEGIATE, Vaughan Road, major addition, 1946 (C.R., lix, June 1946, 142)
ETOBICOKE, major addition to Queen Street Public School, 1947 (C.R., lx, June 1947, 112)