Crane, Charles Howard

CRANE, Charles Howard (1885-1952), a prolific American architect and an acknowledged expert in theatre design. He was active in the following offices:

Watt & Crane, Detroit, Mich. and London, Ont., 1908-1909 (with John M. Watt in London)
Crane & Pennington, Detroit, Mich. and Windsor, Ont, 1911-1915 (with James C. Pennington in Windsor)
C. Howard Crane, Detroit, Mich., 1916 - 1922

(biography in preparation)

CRANE & PENNINGTON

Residential works

HAMILTON, ONT., residence for William J. Pulling of Windsor, Ont., and occupied by Mark Pulling, Slater Street [later called St. Clair Avenue], 1911 (Evening Record [Windsor], 17 July 1911, 1)
WINDSOR, ONT., residence for Miss S. Ferrari, Campbell Avenue, between London Street and Sandwich Street, 1911 (Evening Record [Windsor], 28 Sept. 1911, 7)
WALKERVILLE, extensive remodelling of residence for H.B. Bennett, on the river front, 1911 (Evening Record [Windsor], 28 Sept. 1911, 7)
WINDSOR, ONT. residence for Dr. W.A. MacDonald, Wyandotte Street East, 1912 (Evening Record [Windsor], 30 March 1912, 7)
WINDSOR, ONT., a terrace of four houses for Albert T. Currah, Ann Street, between Ouellette Avenue at Goyeau Street, 1912 (Evening Record [Windsor], 15 June 1912, 9)
PELEE ISLAND, ONT., residence for A.M. McCormick, 1912 (Evening Record [Windsor], 15 June 1912, 9)
WINDSOR, ONT., residence for Dr. William MacDonald, Wyandotte Street, between Ouellette Avenue and Goyeau Street, 1912 (Evening Record [Windsor], 15 June 1912, 9)
SANDWICH, ONT., residence for S. Montgomery, Peter Street, 1913 (Evening Record [Windsor], 4 April 1913, 7, descrip.)
WINDSOR, ONT., a double residence for A.T. Currah, Ann Street, near Ouellette Avenue, 1913 (Evening Record [Windsor], 29 April 1913, 5)
WINDSOR, ONT., residence for William R. Bond, Victoria Street, 1914 (C.R., xxviii, 6 May 1914, 75)

Institutional Works

AMHERSTBURG, ONT., Carnegie Library, Richmond Street at Apsley Street, 1911-13 (C.R., xxv, 28 June 1911, 56; Evening Record [Windsor], 4 Aug. 1911, 1, descrip.; 30 Jan. 1913, 1, illus. & descrip.; 10 April 1913, 1, descrip.; M. Beckman, The Best Gift, 1984, 153, illlus.)
KINGSVILLE, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1911-13 (Evening Record [Windsor], 28 Sept. 1911, 7; 30 Oct. 1912, 1; 25 April 1913, 7; C.R., xxv, 4 Oct. 1911, 58)
ESSEX, ONT., Railway Station and freight shed for the Windsor, Essex and Lake Shore Railway Ltd., 1911 (Evening Record [Windsor], 4 Oct. 1911, 7; Detroit Free Press, 5 Oct. 1911, 8)
SANDWICH, ONT. Town Hall, Sandwich Street West, 1911-12 (Evening Record [Windsor], 17 Oct. 1911, 1, descrip.; 16 Dec. 1911, 2, descrip.; 28 Feb. 1913, 10, illus. & descrip.; 18 March 1913, 1, descrip.; C.R., xxv, 20 Dec. 1911, 61; dwgs. Windsor Municipal Archives)
WINDSOR, ONT., Masonic Temple, Ouellette Avenue at London Street, 1911-12 (Evening Record [Windsor], 20 Oct. 1911, 1, descrip.; 23 April 1912, 1, descrip.; 27 July 1912, 1, illus. & descrip.; Detroit Free Press, 21 Oct. 1911, 16; C.R., xxvi, 14 Feb. 1912, 63; 11 Dec. 1912, 49, illus. & descrip.)
KINGSVILLE, ONT., an outdoor park pavilion and shelter at Mettawas Park, 1912-13 (Evening Record [Windsor], 30 Oct. 1912, 1; 25 April 1913, 7; 30 May 1913, 1)
WINDSOR, ONT., I.O.O.F.[Oddfellow's] Hall, Wyandotte Street East near Ouellette Avenue, 1913; demol. c. 1967 (Detroit Free Press, 16 May 1913, 9; 5 July 1913, 16, t.c.; C.R., xxvii, 28 May 1913, 68; Evening Record [Windsor], 29 Nov. 1913, 1, illus. & descrip., but credited solely to J.C. Pennington, architect; Andrew Foot, Windsor Then & Now, 2021, 46-47, illus.)
SANDWICH, ONT., major addition to the Registry Office, 1913 (Evening Record [Windsor], 16 June 1913, 7)
TILBURY, ONT., Town Hall, 1913 (Evening Record [Windsor], 4 July 1913, 1, descrip.; Detroit Free Press, 5 July 1913, 16)
ESSEX, ONT., Carnegie Library, 1913 (Evening Record [Windsor], 4 July 1913, 1, descrip.; Detroit Free Press, 5 July 1913, 16)

Commercial & Industrial works

KINGSVILLE, ONT., hotel for the Mettawas Co. Ltd., 1911 (C.R., xxv, 18 Oct. 1911, 58)
WINDSOR, ONT., Frederick K. Stearns & Co., new four storey block "adjoining the present building on the west side of Sandwich Street" extending from the present building to River Street, 1912 (Detroit Free Press, 6 Feb. 1912, 12, descrip.)
WINDSOR, ONT., Toledo Computing Scale, Sandwich Street West, factory, 1912 (C.R., xxvi, 7 Feb. 1912, 68)
WINDSOR, ONT., Hupp Motor Car Co., Giles Avenue at McDougall Street, an automobile assembly plant for the Huppmobile, 1911-12 (Evening Star [Windsor], 17 Oct. 1911, 7)
KINGSVILLE, ONT., a large new Cafe inside the Casino, with alterations to the old servant's quarters to create a new hotel, for the Windsor, Essex & London Railway Co., 1912 (Evening Record [Windsor], 12 April 1912, 3)
WALKERVILLE, ONT., major addition to Kerr Engine Works Ltd., 1912 (Evening Record [Windsor], 22 April 1912, 7, descrip.)
WINDSOR, ONT., The Windsor Theatre, a new vaudeville theatre, Pitt Street East, 1912 (Evening Record [Windsor], 8 April 1912, 1; 23 April 1912, 1, descrip.)
AMHERSTBURG, ONT., large factory for Canadian Two-In-One Auto Co., 1912 (Evening Record [Windsor], 15 June 1912, 9, descrip.)
WINDSOR, ONT., retail store and flat for William Burnie, London Street at Bruce St., 1912 (Evening Record [Windsor], 15 June 1912, 9, descrip.)
WINDSOR, ONT., Barton-Netting Co., Pitt Street, remodelling of the old Manning House annex, with addition of a new storey at the rear, 1913 (Detroit Free Press, 26 April 1913, 9; Evening Record [Windsor], 25 July 1913, 9, illus. & descrip.)
WINDSOR, ONT., extensive remodelling of the old Morton Baking Co. building, Pitt Street West, into three retail stores, 1915 (Evening Record [Windsor], 21 April 1915, 3)
WINDSOR, ONT., Labelle Building, Ouellette Avenue at Univeersity Street, for Dr. James Labelle, 1915; burned 1959 (Andrew Foot, Windsor Then & Now, 2021, 28, illus.)

C.H. CRANE

(with Charles H. Read) TORONTO, ONT., rebuilding and major alterations to the Princess Theatre, King Street West near Emily Street, 1916; demol. c. 1955 (C.R., xxx, 12 April 1916, 49; Const., xi, Feb. 1918, 63-7, illus. & descrip.)
TORONTO, ONT., Allen Theatre, Richmond Street East at Victoria Street, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1917; demol. c. 1965 (C.R., xxxi, 21 Nov. 1917, 957-8, illus. & descrip.; Const., xi, Feb. 1918, 38-44, illus. & descrip.)
EDMONTON, ALTA., theatre for Temple Theatre Corp., Jasper Avenue, 1918 (C.R., xxxii, 17 July 1918, 44)
LONDON, ONT., Allen Theatre, Dundas Street near Clarence Street, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1918 (H. Russell, 'Memorial to Ottawa's Capitol Theatre and its Predecessors', in Parks Canada, Canadian Historic Sites, xiii, 1975, 41)
TORONTO, ONT., Beach Theatre, Queen Street East at Waverly Road, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1919 (Toronto b.p. 24282, 10 July 1919)
TORONTO, ONT., Parkdale Theatre, Queen Street West at Triller Avenue, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1919 (Toronto b.p. 24490, 17 July 1919)
TORONTO, ONT., Danforth Theatre, Danforth Avenue near Broadview Avenue, for. Jay & Jules Allen, 1919; still standing 2019 and now called The Danforth Music Hall (C.R., xxxiii, 9 April 1919, 49; xxxiv, 7 July 1920, 69, illus. in advert.)
WINNIPEG, MAN., Allen Theatre, Donald Street, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1919 (C.R., xxxiii, 30 July 1919, 48; Const., xiii, April 1920, 123-5, illus. & descrip.; Winnipeg, 1986-The Year Past, 1988, 29-30, illus.)
HALIFAX, N.S., Allen Theatre, 1919 (C.R., xxxiii, 30 July 1919, 45)
ST. CATHARINES, ONT., Allen Theatre, St. Paul Street near Chesnut Street, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1919 (H. Russell, 'Memorial to Ottawa's Capitol Theatre and its Predecessors', in Parks Canada, Canadian Historic Sites, xiii, 1975, 41)
SAULT STE. MARIE, ONT., Allen Theatre, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1920 (Sault Star, 17 Jan. 1920, 3, illus. & descrip.)
VANCOUVER, B.C., Allen Theatre, West Georgia Street at Seymour Street, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1920; demol. 1973 (Vancouver Daily World, 27 Nov. 1919, 13, descrip.; and 15 March 1920, 7, illus. in advert.; and 14 Aug. 1920, 21, descrip.; Vancouver Sun, 15 Aug. 1920, 22, detailed architectural descrip.; C.R., xxxiv, 28 Jan. 1920, 52; Const., xiv, July 1921, 212-16, illus. & descrip.)
TORONTO, ONT., Allen Theatre, St. Clair Avenue West at Westmount Avenue, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1919 (H. Russell, 'Memorial to Ottawa's Capitol Theatre and its Predecessors', in Parks Canada, Canadian Historic Sites, xiii, 1975, 41)
TORONTO, ONT., Allen Theatre, Bloor Street West near Croft Street, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1919 (H. Russell, 'Memorial to Ottawa's Capitol Theatre and its Predecessors', in Parks Canada, Canadian Historic Sites, xiii, 1975, 41)
TORONTO, ONT., Allen Theatre, College Street at Dovercourt Road, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1919 (H. Russell, 'Memorial to Ottawa's Capitol Theatre and its Predecessors', in Parks Canada, Canadian Historic Sites, xiii, 1975, 41)
WALKERVILLE, ONT., The Walkerville Theatre, Wyandotte Street East [later called The Tivoli Theatre], 1920 (Border Cities Star [Windsor], 16 Jan. 1920, 3, descrip.; 18 Sept. 1920, 12, illus. and detailed descrip.; C.R., xxxiv, 28 Jan. 1920, 52; inf. Andrew Foot, Windsor)
(with Elmer G. Kiehler and Cyril E. Schley, Associate Architects of Detroit) WINDSOR, ONT., Allen Theatre, Ouellette Avenue, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1920 (Border Cities Star [Windsor], 16 Oct. 1920, 3, descrip.; Detroit Free Press, 7 Nov. 1920, 10, descrip.; H. Russell, 'Memorial to Ottawa's Capitol Theatre and its Predecessors', in Parks Canada, Canadian Historic Sites, xiii, 1975, 41)
KINGSTON, ONT., Allen Theatre, Princess Street, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1920 (Jennifer McKendry, Architects Working in the Kingston Region 1820-1920, 2019, 34, illus.)
MONTREAL, QUE., Allen Theatre, Ste. Catherine Street West near University Avenue, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1921; altered 1980 (D. Lanken, Montreal Movie Palaces, 1994, 98-104, illus.)
CALGARY, ALTA., Allen Theatre, 8th Avenue West, for Jay & Jules Allen, 1921 (H. Russell, 'Memorial to Ottawa's Capitol Theatre and its Predecessors', in Parks Canada, Canadian Historic Sites, xiii, 1975, 41, 75, illus.)
TORONTO, ONT., The Federal Building, Richmond Street West at Sheppard Street, 1922; restored 2018-19 (C.R., xxxvi, 8 March 1922, 51; xxxvii, 21 Feb. 1923, 28, illus. in advert.; Toronto b.p. 50736, 29 May 1922)