Mahoney, William Austin

MAHONEY, William Austin (1871-1952), a successful architect in Guelph, Ont who was credited with the design of sixteen Carnegie Library buildings in towns throughout southern Ontario. Born in Guelph, Ont. on 16 September 1871, he graduated from Guelph Collegiate, but does not appear to have received any formal university education in architecture. Instead, he learned the trade of carpentry from his father Richard Mahoney, and went to Chicago in 1893-94 to work as a carpenter. While there, he studied architecture and building through courses offered by the International Correspondence School of Scranton, Penn. From 1904 to 1905 he was in partnership with Stewart McPhie of Hamilton, operating the Guelph office of the firm, while McPhie remained in Hamilton (see list of works under McPhie & Mahoney).

Mahoney opened his own office in Guelph in late 1905 and operated under his own name until 1919, then formed a partnership with Aaron Austin and their firm was active from 1919 until after 1931. Mahoney became a member of the Royal Architectural Inst. Of Canada in Sept. 1908, and joined the Ontario Assoc. of Architects in November 1908, but withdrew from the O.A.A. in July 1925. His membership was restored in 1931. Despite his lack of membership credentials for a period of six years, he remained active in the profession until at least 1937. Mahoney died in Guelph, Ont. on 13 October 1952 (extensive and biography and obituary in Guelph Mercury, 14 Oct. 1952, 13 and 28; inf. Ontario Assoc. of Architects)

W.A. MAHONEY

(works in Guelph)

GLASGOW STREET, at King Street, pair of houses for A. McHardy, 1906 (C.R., xvi, 14 Feb. 1906, 6)
WOOLWICH STREET, at Yarmouth Street, residence for an unidentified client, possibly Dr. P. Stuart, 1906 (C.R., xvii, 8 Aug. 1906, 2)
ST. PATRICK'S WARD SCHOOL, 1907-08 (C.R., xviii, 9 Oct. 1907, 2)
KING EDWARD PUBLIC SCHOOL, Suffolk Street at Dublin Street, 1908 (inf. Gordon Couling, Guelph)
ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Norfolk Street, addition, 1908 (Guelph Mercury, 3 April 1908, t.c.)
QUEBEC STREET, four houses for Thomas Warren, 1910 (C.R., xxiv, 8 June 1910, 26)
GUELPH ARCADE, a glass-covered walkway from St. George's Square to Cork Street, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 1 Feb. 1911, 35)
INDEPENDENT TIRE CO., Metcalfe Street South, large factory, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 17 May 1911, 61; 2 Aug. 1911, 63, 66)
WINTER FAIR BUILDING, 1911 (Free Press [London], 10 June 1911, 19, descrip.; C.R., xxv, 26 July 1911, 61)
JAIL & JAILOR'S RESIDENCE, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 31 May 1911, 58, 64)
(with Mills & Hutton) Y.M.C.A., Quebec Street at Norfolk Street, 1912 (C.R., xxvi, 20 March 1912, 67, t.c.; Guelph Evening Mercury, 16 May 1912, 1 & 7, descrip.)
GUELPH HERALD NEWSPAPER CO., Quebec Street East, printing plant and offices for H. Gummer & B.G. Gummer, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 2 Aug. 1911, 63, t.c.)
ROMAN CATHOLIC SEPARATE SCHOOL, for the Guelph Separate School Board, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 20 Sept. 1911, 59)
GUELPH STOVE CO., Audrey Avenue, stove foundry building, 1911-12; major addition, 1926; major addition, 1929 (C.R., xxv, 13 Dec. 1911, 121; xl, 20 Oct. 1926, 49; xliii, 5 June 1929, 61)
ROMAN CATHOLIC SEPARATE SCHOOL, for the Guelph Separate School Board, 1912 (C.R., xxvi, 31 Jan. 1912, 60, t.c.)
BANK OF MONTREAL, Wyndham Street, major addition, 1911-12 (C.R., xxvi, 28 Feb. 1912, 24, illus. in advert.)
MASONIC TEMPLE, 1912 (C.R., xxvi, 17 April 1912, 65, t.c.)
VALYTE LAMB CO., factory, 1917 (Const., x, Jan. 1917, 40)
GUELPH & ONTARIO INVESTMENT & SAVINGS CO., Wyndham Street, major addition, 1917 (Const., x, Dec. 1917, 432)

(works elsewhere)

FERGUS, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1910 (C.R., xxiv, 13 April 1910, 26, t.c.; M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 89, illus., 127, 184)
DURHAM, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1911-12 (C.R., xxv, 26 April 1911, 56; London Free Press, 13 Nov. 1911, 5; M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 68, illus., 127, 184)
DURHAM, ONT., remodelling of the Methodist Church, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 31 May 1911, 58)
AYTON, ONT., public school, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 31 May 1911, 58)
FOREST, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1911-12 (C.R., xxv, 2 Aug. 1911, 60; M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 75, illus., 127, 184)
KINGSVILLE, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1911 (C.R., xxv, 30 Aug. 1911, 60)
CAMPBELLFORD, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1911-12 (C.R., xxv, 5 Dec. 1911, 55; M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 71, illus.; 127, 184)
WHITBY, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1912 (M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 127, 185)
ELMIRA, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1912 (M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 67, 127, 168, illus., 184)
PORT HOPE, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1912 (M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 127, 185)
AYLMER, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1912 (M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 127, 184)
FERGUS, ONT., factory and other buildings for the International Malleable Iron Co., 1912-20 (drawings at the Wellington County Museum, Fergus, Maps No. 836-862; inf. Dana Johnson, Ottawa)
VILLE ST. LAURENT, QUE., stove foundry for Canada Stove & Foundry Co. Ltd., Principale Street, 1913 (C.R., xxvii, 11 June 1913, 79)
WATFORD, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1913 (M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 67, 78, 127, 130, illus., 185)
MIDLAND, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1914 (Midland Public Library Board, minute book, entry for 18 June 1914; inf. Gail Griffith, Midland Public Library)
TILLSONBURG, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1914 (M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 127, 185)
EXETER, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1914 (M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 115, 127, 184)
KITCHENER, ONT., Y.M.C.A., 1915 (C.R., xxix, 20 Jan. 1915, 54)
STIRLING, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1915 (M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 127, 185)
PARKHILL, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1915 (M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 127, 185)
FORT FRANCES, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1915 (M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 142, illus., 184)

MAHONEY & AUSTIN

GUELPH, ONT., a tract of fourteen houses for the Guelph Housing Commission, 1920 (C.R., xxxiv, 21 July 1920, 58)
FERGUS, ONT., moving picture theatre, 1928 (C.R., xlii, 1 Aug. 1928, 51; dwgs. Wellington County Museum, Fergus, Map No. 503)
GUELPH, ONT., Royal Theatre, Macdonnell Street at Carden Street, for Joseph Wolfond, 1933-34 (C.R., xlvii, 20 Dec. 1933, 29)
WOODSTOCK, ONT., theatre and stores for Samuel D. Axlerod, 1937 (C.R., l, 3 Feb. 1937, 26)