Vandal, Wilfrid

VANDAL, Wilfrid (1887 - 1928) is an obscure figure from the Montreal area who opened his own office in that city in 1912. In 1914 he designed Adath Yeshurin Synagogue, St. Urbain Street, MONTREAL, QUE. (C.R., xxviii, 18 Nov. 1914, 60, t.c.) and later that year he entered into a partnership with Donat A. Gascon. Together they prepared plans for a major addition to St. Eusebe Roman Catholic School, Fullum Street, MONTREAL, QUE., 1916 (C.R., xxx, 18 Oct. 1916, 41, t.c.) and in 1920 submitted an elaborate design to the congregation of Holy Redemptor Roman Catholic Church, MONTREAL, QUE. but it is uncertain if this was built (C.R., xxxiv, 31 March 1920, 60).

The partnership of Vandal & Gascon was dissolved in 1921, and Vandal continued to work under his own name. In 1928 he designed The Ontario Building, St. Lawrence Boulevard at Ontario Street, MONTREAL, QUE., and completed in 1929 (Gazette [Montreal], 18 April 1928, 6; C.R., xlii, 30 May 1928, 545, illus.; inf. Scott Edwards). His last known work in Montreal was that of the Balfour Building, at 10 storey commercial block on St. Lawrence Boulevard at Prince Arthur Street East, 1928-29 (Gazette [Montreal], 13 Sept. 1928, 8; C.R., xlii, 19 Sept. 1928, 52; inf. Scott Edwards). Vandal died in Montreal on 7 November 1928 at the age of 41 years (death notice Le Devoir [Montreal], 9 Nov. 1928, 2).