Building Canada

A Selection of Images from the John Bland Collection of Canadian Architecture

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During his tenure as educator and director of the McGill School of Architecture (1941-1972) Professor Emeritus John Bland assembled a unique collection of slides of buildings from across Canada. The collection became the basis for his course on the History of Architecture in Canada, the first course of its kind in Canada.

The aim of the Building Canada project was to digitize a selection of these images so that more people could see examples of Canada's architectural history. The title of the project, Building Canada, is referential to both the structures that are depicted and how the built environment of Canada is reflective of the country's builders, past, present and future.

Contents of the Building Canada site:

Canadian Architecture 101Canadian Architecture 101: Learn about Canada's architectural history
Pop QuizPop Quiz: Test your knowledge
Project OverviewProject Overview:A description of the Building Canada project and its contributors
GlossaryGlossary: Terms and phrases
John Bland with colleaguesThe John Bland Archive
CACCanadian Architecture Collection home

Candian Architecture CollectionDigital Collections Program