Berrill, Ralph

BERRILL, Ralph (1880-1955) was born in Birmingham, England on 4 November 1880 and articled in that city with Alfred Reading from 1896 to 1900 while at the same time attending courses at the Birmingham School of Art. He worked as draftsman for Henman & Cooper (1901) then moved to London to join Rolfe & Matthews (1901-02) as assistant before spending one year in office of Sir Frank M. Elgood (1903). Upon his return to Birmingham in 1904 he commenced practice there, designing several residences and hotel structures. He emigrated to Canada in 1909 and worked in Montreal until October 1912. It was there that his talent as a delineator and designer was discovered when he submitted two 'Designs for Summer Cottages' in late 1912 (Canadian Builder & Carpenter [Toronto], iii, March 1913, 30-2, illus. & descrip.). He then relocated to Victoria, B.C. in January 1913 and formed a partnership there with Percy Fox (see list of works under Fox & Berrill). WWI intervened and their office closed in September 1914 when Berrill joined the British Army and became a commissioned officer, attaining the rank of captain after serving in France. Upon his return to Victoria in 1919 he continued to practice there until 1936. Berrill then moved to Ottawa after accepting an appointment with the National Housing Administration, a forerunner of the Central Mortgage & Housing Corporation for whom he was to later serve as chief appraiser in the loans division until July 1951. He died in Ottawa on 21 March 1955 (death notice Ottawa Citizen, 23 March 1955, 34; obituary in Victoria Daily Times, 28 March 1955, 5; biog. Directory of British Architects 1834-1914, 2001, i, 169; inf. A.I.B.C., Vancouver; D. Luxton, Building the West: The Early Architects of British Columbia, 2003, 420, 492)

(works in Victoria unless noted)

SAANICH, B.C., residence for Wilfrid Greene, Maplewood Road, 1921 (Donald Luxton & Jennifer Barr, Saanich Heritage Structures, 2008, 105, illus. & descrip.)
SAANICH, B.C., residence for George Eden, 1921 (Donald Luxton & Jennifer Barr, Saanich Heritage Structures, 2008, 201, illus. & descrip.)
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C., Carlton Court Apartments, Third Avenue, 1925 (J.D. Scott, Once in the Royal City: The Heritage of New Westminster, 1985, 121, illus.)
OAK BAY, hotel on Beach Drive for an unnamed client (possibly The Beach Hotel, Beach Drive near Margate Avenue), 1927 (C.R., xli, 20 July 1927, 54, t.c.)
BEGG MOTOR CO., View Street, 1927 (Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 3, 2007, 34, illus.)
CENTRAL MOTOR COACH TERMINAL, Yates Street, for Oak Bay Bus Lines and Hultain Bus Lines, 1928 (C.R., xlii, 15 Feb. 1928, 49)
(with Jameson Parker) ROCKLAND AVENUE, residence for Edward F. Pooley, 1928 (M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 195, illus.; Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 3, 2014, 161-2, illus. & descript.)
MONTGOMERY STREET, residence for Gilbert Fraser, 1928 (Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 3, 2014, 142, illus. & descript.)
COOK STREET, row of duplex residences for H. Leach, 1929 (C.R., xliii, 13 Feb. 1929, 58)
OAK BAY, residence for Seldon Humphries, Prospect Place, 1929 (M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 167, illus.)
ESQUIMALT MUNICIPAL HALL, Esquimalt Road, 1929 (M. Segger & D. Franklin, Exploring Victoria's Architecture, 1996, 196, illus.)
REGENTS PLACE, residence for Harold Olson, 1929-30 (Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 3, 2014, 155, illus. & descript.)
SHAWNIGAN LAKE, B.C., rebuilding of the old Koenig Hotel into a 'modern resort hotel', 1930 (Canadian Hotel Review, viii, June 1930, 29)
LINDEN AVENUE, residence for Ronald Whittington, 1931 (Victoria Heritage Foundation, This Old House: Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods, Vol. 4, 2009, 82, illus. & descrip.)