Shennan, David

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SHENNAN, David (1880-1968) was born at Dumfries, Scotland on 17 January 1880 and began an architectural apprenticeship in April 1896 with John A. MacGregor, Architect of Castle Douglas, Scotland. In May 1899 he moved to Stirling, Scotland and entered the office of McLuckie & Walker where he was employed as junior assistant until late 1903. Shennan then moved to Perth, Scotland to work chief assistant to James Marshall and remained with him for two years before emigrating to Canada in early 1906. He settled in Montreal and in April of that year entered the office of Saxe & Archibald where he acted as chief assistant on commissions such as the Cavendish Apartments (1906), the residence of Shirley Ogilvie (1907) and the Technical High School (1909-10). After the dissolution of the office of Saxe & Archibald in 1915 Shennan went overseas and served with forces in WW1 and upon his return to Montreal he was made a partner in the office of John S. Archibald, remaining with him until 1933. During this period he was frequently called upon to design and supervise projects which Archibald was too busy to handle. These included the Bessborough Hotel, Saskatoon (1929-35), the Hotel Vancouver (1929-39), and the Gymnasium Building at Queen's University in Kingston (1929-30), a commission which was to lead to several later works by Shennan on that Ontario campus after 1950. Shennan was elected as Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1948 and nominated as senior member in 1950. He died in Montreal on 27 May 1968 (death notice in the Gazette (Montreal), 29 May 1968, 50; biography in Col. W. Wood, The Storied Province of Quebec, 1931, iv, 495; R.I.B.A., Directory of British Architects 1834-1914, 2001, ii, 597-8; inf. from the Royal Canadian Academy, Toronto)

SENNEVILLE, QUE., mansion for Frederick C. Morgan, Senneville Road, 1912 (C.H.G., iii, April 1926, 33-5, illus.; Montreal, Les Residences, 1987, 530-5, illus.)
CAP-A-L'AIGLE, QUE., two cottages for Dr. Elzear Pelletier, 1914 (P. Dube, Deux cents ans de Villegiature dans Charlevoix, 1986, 179-81)
KINGSTON, ONT., major additions to 'Woodburn', the residence of Agnes Etherington, University Avenue (now the Agnes Etherington Art Centre), 1924 (C.H.G., ii, Dec. 1925, 37, illus.)
MONTREAL, QUE., residence for A.P.S. Glassco, Cedar Avenue, 1926 (C.H.G., iii, Dec. 1926, 46-7, illus.)
TADOUSSAC, QUE., Hotel Tadoussac, for Canada Steamship Lines, 1941-42 (C.R., liv, 18 June 1941, 36; R.A.I.C. Journal, xxi, July 1944, 152-7, illus. & descrip.)
ST. SIMEON, QUE., hotel for Canada Steamship Lines, 1944 (C.R., lvii, 13 Sept. 1944, 29)
MONTREAL, QUE., Labour Temple for the Carpenters & Joiners District Council, St. Lawrence Boulevard, 1945 (C.R., lviii, Oct. 1945, 133)
VALLEYFIELD, QUE., warehouse for Canadian Schenley Ltd., 1946 (C.R., lix, June 1946, 140)
(with E.M. Coleman) SOREL, QUE., Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1950 (R.A.I.C. Journal, xxvii, Oct. 1950, 348, illus.)
MONTREAL, QUE., Central Autobus Station & Terminal, de Maisonneuve Boulevard East at Berri Street, 1951-52 (Architecture Batiment Construction, vi, Feb. 1952, 16-21, illus. & descrip.)
WESTMOUNT, QUE., residence for M.A.R. Thompson, 1952 (Batiment, xxvii, May 1952, 3, 21-3, illus. & descrip.)
ST. COLUMBA ANGLICAN CHURCH, Hingston Avenue at Notre Dame de Grace Avenue, major addition to the church, 1953 (As It Happened: A History of the Parish of St. Columba, Montreal 1907-1982, 23-25; inf. Scott Edwards)
KINGSTON, ONT., Richardson Hall, on the campus of Queen's University, University Avenue, 1954 (inf. from Queen's University Archives, Kingston)