Burgess, Cecil

BURGESS, Cecil (1888-1956) was active in Ottawa, Ont. for more than fifty years where he was partner in a succession of firms from 1910 onward. Born in Walkden, Lancashire, Engl. on 8 July 1888 he was educated there and articled to Henry Kirkby, an architect in Manchester. In 1905 he was brought to Canada by his parents and resided in Ottawa from 1908 where he was assistant in the firm of Weeks & Keefer. After the dissolution of that firm in 1910 Burgess worked briefly on his own, then formed a partnership with Arthur L.B. Weeks in 1914 (see list of works under Weeks & Burgess). Their collaboration was short-lived; within a year Burgess had joined Richard H. Millson in a partnership lasting ten years (see list works under Millson & Burgess). From 1927 Burgess maintained an office under his own name, working with an associate Edwin A. Gardner, with whom he was in partnership from 1934 until 1942. During WWII he closed his office and moved to Nova Scotia to oversee the construction of eighty buildings for the HMCS Cornwallis Naval Base. He later returned to Ottawa and continued to practise under his own name, and, after 1950, in partnership with J. Malcolm McLean. Burgess had a lifelong interest in the Gothic Revival movement, a passion best seen in his fastidious and scholarly design for St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Chapel and Parish Hall in Ottawa (1929), where the entire complex of three interconnected buildings was clad entirely in Indiana limestone. Earlier, in 1921 he had employed this style with great effect in his competition entry for the Canadian Battlefields Memorial. His dignified scheme for a stone tower in the Gothic style was selected as one of several finalists (Const., xiv, June 1921, 168, illus.), but the project was eventually awarded to F.C. Clemesha and W.S. Allward. Burgess died in Ottawa on 19 July 1956 (obit. Ottawa Journal, 19 July 1956, 1 & 2; Ottawa Citizen, 19 July 1956, 7; inf. Ontario Assoc. of Architects). The National Archives of Canada holds a large collection of drawings for more than 250 projects executed by Burgess and the various firms in which he practised from 1910 until 1962 including: Burgess & Co. 1910
Weeks & Burgess 1914
Millson & Burgess 1915-1922
Millson, Burgess & Hazelgrove 1923-24
Millson & Burgess 1925-26
C. Burgess 1927-33
Burgess & Gardner 1934-42
C. Burgess 1945-51
(dwgs at NAC, National Map Collection, McLean & MacPhayden Coll., Acc. 86703/9)


(works in Ottawa unless noted)

UNITED BROTHERS JEWISH SYNAGOGUE, Rideau Street near Chapel Street, 1912; demol. c. 1960 (H. Hadaya, 'The First Synagogues of Ottawa', in Society for the Study of Architecture Bulletin, xix, Sept. 1994, 79-80, illus. & descrip.; dwgs. at NAC, National Map Coll., 80103/62)
(with Burritt & Hazelgrove) LANSDOWNE PARK, Howick Hall (later The Coliseum), Exhibition Grounds, Bank Street at Holmwood Avenue, 1926 (dwgs. City of Ottawa Archives; dwgs. NAC, Lithwick Coll.; inf. Jean-Claude Dube, Ottawa)
NU VOGUE LTD., Sparks Street, new facade and interiors for retail store, 1926-27 (Ottawa Journal, 25 March 1927, 5, illus. & descrip.)
GLOUCESTER STREET, at O'Connor Street, apartment block for Stuart Christie, 1927 (Ottawa Journal, 27 April 1927, 1, descrip.)
CLEMOW AVENUE, residence for Frank H. Plant, 1927 (Daily Commercial News [Toronto], 9 June 1927, 5)
PERTH, ONT., St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 1927-28 (C.R., xli, 15 June 1927, 612, illus.)
PEMBROKE, ONT., Presbyterian Church, Pembroke Street at Henry Street, 1928-29 (C.R., xlii, 23 May 1928, 43; Ottawa Journal, 16 March 1929, 17, descrip.)
PALACE COURT APARTMENTS, Elgin Street at McLeod Street, for S. Miller, 1927-28 (C.R., xli, 7 Dec. 1927, 50, t.c.)
LITTLE THEATRE PLAYHOUSE, King Edward Avenue at Besserer Street, for the Ottawa Drama League, 1927-28 (Ottawa Journal, 3 Jan. 1928, 14, descrip.)
ELMDALE PUBLIC SCHOOL, Iona Street, 1928 (Ottawa Journal, 23 March 1928, 23; C.R., xlii, 12 Sept. 1928, 52)
(with E.A. Gardner) ST. MATTHEWS ANGLICAN CHURCH & PARISH HALL, Bank Street at Carling Avenue, 1929-30 (C.R., xliii, 1 May 1929, 68; Ottawa Journal, 1 May 1929, 1 and 18, descrip.; 2 Feb. 1929, 3, illus.; 13 Dec. 1930, 26, illus. & descrip.; St. Matthew's Parish Golden Anniversary 1898-1948, 5, 8-9, illus.)
KEYES AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY CO., Albert Street at Kent Street, showroom and warehouse for Corlis G. Keyes, 1929 (Ottawa Journal, 6 Feb. 1929, Section Two, 19-28, illus. & descrip.)
(with E.A. Gardner) CLEMOW AVENUE, near Bank Street, residence for W.H. Dwyer, 1929 (C.R., xliii, 6 Feb. 1929, 54; Ottawa Journal, 14 March 1929, 1, descrip.)
WINDSOR ARMS APARTMENTS, Argyle Avenue at Metcalfe Street, for Stuart Christie, 1929 (C.R., xliii, 13 Feb. 1929, 57, t.c.)
O'CONNOR STREET, near Cooper Street, apartment block for Hopson & Shapiro, 1929 (Ottawa Journal, 14 March 1929, 1)
LAURIER AVENUE EAST, apartment block for Wolf Shenkman, 1929 (Ottawa Journal, 14 March 1929, 1)
MARIPOSA ROAD, at Manor Avenue, residence for E. Keith Davidson, 1929 (C.R., xliii, 3 July 1929, 65)
PERTH, ONT., major alterations to the Balderson Theatre, 1930 (C.R., xliv, 25 June 1930, 74)
RIDEAU THEATRE, Rideau Street at Dalhousie Street, 1931 (Ottawa Journal, 11 Feb. 1931, 2, descrip.)
DUNCANNON APARTMENTS, Metcalfe Street at Cooper Street, for J. Harvey Hopper, 1931 (Ottawa Journal, 7 May 1931, 1, descrip.; Ottawa: A Guide to Heritage Structures, 2000, 78, illus.)
TRAFALGAR APARTMENTS, Metcalfe Street at Gladstone Avenue, for Wolf Shenkman, 1931 (C.R., xliv, 31 Dec. 1930, 245)
VAL CARTIER APARTMENTS, Cartier Street at Somerset Street West, 1931 (C.R., xlv, 1 April 1931, 60)
DOMINION HOUSE FURNITURE CO., Bank Street at Gloucester Street, retail store, 1933 (C.R., xlvii, 17 May 1933, 34, t.c.)
RANGE ROAD, residence for Dr. Joseph P. Gilhooly, 1933-34 (C.R., xlvii, 8 Nov. 1933, 35)


POSTAL SORTING TERMINAL BUILDING, Besserer Street, 1935-36 (Ottawa Journal, 8 March 1935, 1, descrip.; C.R., xlix, 13 March 1935, 219, illus.; R.A.I.C. Journal, xviii, June 1941, 99, illus.)
ROCKCLIFFE PARK, residence for Keith Davidson, 1936 (C.H.G., xiii, June-July 1936, 34, illus.)
GOULBURN AVENUE, residence for Mrs. R. Soloway, 1936 (Ottawa Journal, 2 July 1936, 3)
LAKESIDE PARK, large residence for T.D. Clark Hamilton, Madawaska Avenue, overlooking Dow's Lake, 1936 (Ottawa Journal, 25 June 1936, 16; 15 July 1936, 4, descrip.)
ARNPRIOR, ONT., two residences for unidentified clients, 1937 (C.H.G., xiv, July-Aug. 1937, 30, illus.)
HULSE & PLAYFAIR FUNERAL HOME, McLeod Street near O'Connor Street, addition at the east end of a funeral chapel "in the form of a miniature church", 1938 (Ottawa Journal, 29 March 1938, 7)


DEEP BROOK, N.S., Cornwallis Naval Base, 1942-44 (list of works in the Ottawa Journal, 19 July 1956, 1 and 2)
SHERWOOD DRIVE, residence for Col. Edward R. McNeill, 1942 (C.H.G., xx, March-April 1943, 18-19, illus.)
WINCHESTER, ONT., General Hospital, 1947 (C.R., lx, Aug. 1947, 260)
HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH, Bank Street at Cameron Avenue, reconstruction of the church, 1947-48 (C.R., lx, Oct. 1947, 188; N. Frerichs, History of Trinity Church Ottawa 1876-1956, 14)
CORNWALL, ONT., addition to public school, S.S. No. 2, 1947 (C.R., lx, Nov. 1947, 142)
SACKVILLE, N.B., Mount Allison University, Allison Gardens Hockey Arena, 1948 (J. Leroux & T. Holownia, Vision in Wood & Stone: The Architecture of Mount Allison University, 2016, 118-20, illus. & descrip.) PARKDALE UNITED CHURCH, Parkdale Avenue at Gladstone Avenue, major addition, 1949 (C.R., lxii, Aug. 1949, 221)
HULL, QUE., South Hull Protestant School, 1949 (C.R., lxii, Nov. 1949, 121, t.c.)
ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, Sparks Street at Bay Street, 1950 (C.R., lxiii, Feb. 1950, 126)
MANOR PARK PUBLIC SCHOOL, Braemar Street, 1950 (C.R., lxiii, Feb. 1950, 128)
PERTH, ONT., public school, 1950 (C.R., lxiii, April 1950, 124)
SHAWVILLE, QUE., High School, 1950 (C.R., lxiii, April 1950, 124)
MINTO SKATING CLUB RINK, Henderson Avenue, rebuilding of the rink, 1950 (C.R., lxiii, April 1950, 130, t.c.)
ARNPRIOR, ONT., major addition to High School, 1950 (C.R., lxiii, May 1950, 142)
CAMPBELLTON, N.B., War Memorial Rink, 1950 (C.R., lxiii, June 1950, 125)