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William Reed Landscape Architect fonds
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- Architectural drawing
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- William Reed Landscape Architect Inc.
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853 architectural drawings. - 0.02 m textual records
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William Reed Landscape Architect Inc. was formed as a landscape architecture firm by its principal, Vancouver landscape architect William Dale Reed (1946-1994). The firm performed design work for a wide variety of clients, including commercial and residential clients. The focus of the practice was high-end residential clients. From the 1980s, Reed often worked in association with interior designer Robert M. Ledingham, as well as a number of Vancouver architects, such as Dalla-Lana/Griffin.
William Dale Reed was born in 1946 in Mapleton, Oregon. He attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, where he studied agriculture and horticulture. Before completing his degree he transferred to the landscape architecture program at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
In 1968, William Reed emigrated to Canada in order to avoid the draft. His first job was with the Vancouver office of John Lantzius, Landscape Architects. When the office downsized in 1969, Reed was offered a position as designer with Southlands Nursery by the nursery's manager, Tony Hansen (Denton F. Hansen). Reed open his own firm around 1971, though he continued to execute garden designs on behalf of Southlands until the late 1970s. Reed worked as a sole practitioner, assisted for a number of years by his wife, Valerie Ann Reed, until his death in 1994.
Records were in the custody of Valerie Reed after the death of William Reed, and stored at the offices of Robert M. Ledingham Design Consultants Inc. until donation to the City of Vancouver Archives.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of operational records of William Reed's landscape design career. The records document designs executed for clients, and press coverage of William Reed's design work.
The fonds is made up primarily of architectural drawings of Reed's landscape designs. The fonds also includes a small scrapbook containing clippings of press articles regarding Reed's design work.
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Records were donated by Valerie Reed.
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Access to some of the drawings in this fonds are restricted for privacy reasons. Please refer to the descriptions of individual files for more information on applicable restrictions.