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Fonds AM166 - Robert Twizell fonds

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Robert Twizell fonds

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  • 1897-1956 (Creation)
    Twizell, Robert Percival Sterling

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0.06 m of textual records and other material

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Robert Twizell was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. He studied with the Newcastle architectural firm of Hicks and Charleswood and became an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1900. He came to Vancouver around 1907 and established the firm of Twizell and Twizell, with his brother George S. Twizell. The firm designed a number of schools and houses but was principally noted for its church projects, notably Canadian Memorial Church and St. Andrew's Wesley. Twizell was a charter member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and president of the Art, Historical and Scientific Association of Vancouver from 1918 to 1922.

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The fonds consists of notebooks, photographs, architectural drawings, Indian ink drawings, pencil sketches and certificates relating to his career and work. Arranged by the archivist into four series: architectural drawings; certificates, writings and drawings; notebooks and photographs.

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Includes: 6 cm of textual records, 6 photographs, 60 architectural drawings and 8 sketches.

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Originals presented in 1972 by Mrs. H.M. Speirs of Vancouver; photocopies made from originals still in her possession.


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