Tuesday, March 20, 2012
grave post #12
The only one I could find information on was Harland Steele. It is interesting that a man of such renown did not merit his own headstone but is included in a family plot. And his wife's family plot at that.
W. Harland Steele was an architect who graduated from the University of Toronto in 1925, winning a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada medal for design. Before marrying his sweetheart, Muriel, daughter of George Lucan Thompson, he went off to further studies in Ecole des Beaux Arts in France. Once back in Toronto, he started up his own firm with Forsey Page that is still in operation today as Page + Steele. They truly helped "shape the fabric of the city" and have been responsible for many public, municipal and office buildings as well as schools throughout Ontario and now are heavily involved in several of the highrise condos and hotels being built in Toronto. Aside from being Chairman and later President of the Toronto Chapter of the Ontario Association of Architects, Mr Steele was also a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Canadian Architects (and a Fellow of Royal Institute of British Architects and Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects).
He, along with the other members of his wife's family are buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.
I found this interesting, not so much for his connection to the Thompson family since I took this photo randomly while on a recent walk through the cemetery but for the information I found out later. I was not familiar with the name Harland Steele, but I having an interest in architecture, I am certainly familiar with his firm and with many of the buildings built by them during the 1950s and 1960s. And anyone who pays any attention to the building that is going on around the city now would be familiar with the P+S signs that prominently displayed. It was almost exciting to discover his name. Again, from a random search of the names listed on the stone!
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