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Fonds AM755 - C.B.K. Van Norman fonds

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C.B.K. Van Norman fonds

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  • Architectural drawing

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  • 1930-1955 (Creation)
    Van Norman, C.B.K.

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ca. 3000 architectural drawings

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Charles Van Norman was a graduate of the University of Manitoba and came to Vancouver in the late 1920s. He worked briefly under Townley and Matheson before starting his own architectural practice in 1930. Van Norman's early work included a variety of buildings, mainly residential, for prominent businessmen such as General McRae and H.R. MacMillan.

In the years after World War II, Van Norman also did many commercial plans for department stores, schools, and prefabricated houses (in some cases for the Veteran's Land Act). He was involved in the design of many of the Park Royal Shopping Centre stores, as well as the Powell River Company's housing developments.

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The fonds consists of over 500 sets of architectural drawings executed between the years 1930 and 1955. The majority of the plans are for buildings in the Greater Vancouver area. The fonds is arranged by job.

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Transferred to the Archives in 1980 by O.J. Kalns, a former business associate of Van Norman.


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Access to some of the records in this fonds is restricted due to FOIPPA legislation. Please refer to individual file and item description for further information on access restrictions.

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