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Ross and Macdonald

Ross and Macdonald
Practice information
Key architects George Allen Ross
Robert Henry Macdonald
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Founded 1907 (as Ross and MacFarlane)
Date of dissolution 1944
Buildings Château Laurier, Fort Garry Hotel, Royal York Hotel, Maple Leaf Gardens

Ross and Macdonald was one of


  • George Allen Ross 1
  • Robert Henry Macdonald 2
  • Important works 3
  • External links 4

George Allen Ross

Ross (1879–1946) was born in Montreal, and later studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Ross was apprenticed to Brown, MacVicar & Heriot in Montreal, and later become a draftsman for the Grand Trunk Railway. He also did work with Parker & Thomas in Boston and Carrere & Hastings in New York before partnering with MacFarlane in Montreal.

He was a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He was also a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, becoming an Associate in 1904 and a Fellow in 1913.

Robert Henry Macdonald

Macdonald (1875–1942) was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1905, and head draftsman with W.W. Bosworth in New York in 1906, Macdonald joined Ross and MacFarlane in Montreal as a junior partner and draftsman in 1907. He ultimately became a partner of the firm in 1912.

He was a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He served as president of the Quebec Association of Architects in 1939, and was a recipient of the association's Award of Merit.

Important works

Commercial Buildings:


Public Buildings:

  • Government Conference Centre, Ottawa, (Former Ottawa Union Station), 1911-1912
    • (The Architecture of Ottawa's Union Station)
  • Union Station, Toronto (with Hugh G. Jones, John Lyle) 1914-1920
    • (Toronto Union Station - Heritage Character Analysis)

Office Buildings:



External links

  • Le fantasme métropolitain : l'architecture de Ross et Macdonald : bureaux, magasins et hôtels 1905‑1942 (In French)
  • Ross career summary
  • Ross bio, McGill University
  • Macdonald career summary
  • Macdonald bio, McGill University
  • Photos of Ross and MacDonald buildings in Montreal
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