Smith, Sandford Fleming

SMITH, Sandford Fleming (1874-1943), a grandson of Sir Sandford Fleming, was born in Peterborough on 4 May 1873 and articled with the Toronto firm of Strickland & Symons from 1891 to 1896. He then moved to New York City and worked in the office of Frederick C. Withers (1828-1901), a master of the High Victoria Gothic style. Smith remained there for two years, and likely assisted Withers with one of his last commissions, the New York City Prison (1896). After his return to Toronto in late 1897 he formed a partnership with Charles H.A. Bond; the firm established a reputation for sumptuous private residences in the Forest Hill, Rosedale and Annex neighbourhoods of Toronto (see list of works under Bond & Smith). The successful partnership ended in 1914 when Col. Smith went overseas to serve with the Canadian Army during WWI. He returned to Toronto in 1919 and accepted the invitation of Robert McGiffin to form a new partnership (see list of works under McGiffin & Smith). Their collaboration ended in 1924; that same year Smith joined Arthur J. Everett in practise; the following year they prepared an entry in the competition for Table Rock House in Niagara Falls, Ont., for which they were awarded Second Prize of $600 (Const., xviii, May 1925, 168). Smith became a sole practitioner in 1926 and was active until 1937. He died in Toronto on 17 October 1943 (obit. & port. Globe & Mail, 18 Oct. 1943, 9; R.A.I.C. Journal, xx, Dec. 1943, 220; biog. J. Middleton, The Municipality of Toronto, 1923, iii, 275; inf. Ontario Assoc. of Architects)


McKNIGHT BUILDING, Bay Street at Dundas Street West, 1924 (Toronto b.p. 68873, 24 March 1924; 74223, 12 Sept. 1924)
NORTH YORK, mansion for Sir Clifford Sifton, Lawrence Avenue East at Bayview Avenue, begun 1922 by McGiffin & Smith, completed c. 1925 by Smith & Everett (R.A.I.C. Journal, v, May 1928, xvi, illus. in advert.)


WESTON, Mortuary Chapel, St. John's Anglican Cemetery on the Humber, Weston Road, 1930 (R.A.I.C. Journal, viii, March 1931, 80, 94, descrip. & illus.)
NORTH YORK, residence for Harry L. Plummer, Bayview Avenue, c. 1931 (Year Book of the Toronto Chapter - Ontario Assoc. of Architects, 1933, plate 22, illus.)
NORTH YORK, residence for Crawford L. Brown, Bridle Path at Bayview Avenue, 1937 (C.R., l, 9 June 1937, 32)