Kenneth Guscotte Rea (1878-1941) was born in Montreal and studied at McGill University. He received training in architecture as an apprentice with the Montreal architectural firm of Alexander Francis Dunlop (1842-1923). In 1900 Rea moved to Boston where he worked at the architectural firm of Shepley, Ruttan and Coolidge; later, in 1902, he worked in New York City for the firm of Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson. Upon Rea's return to Montreal in 1905, he first found employment with the Montreal Light, Heat and Power Company and later practised architecture independently. During his career, Rea designed a number of bank buildings, including branches of the Royal Bank in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal, and branches of the Bank of Montreal for Quebec City, Vancouver, and Victoria.


Meredith Royds, the grand-daughter of Kenneth Guscotte Rea, gave the drawings to the CAC in 1975.

Drawings, photographs and articles for the residences of J.W. McConnell were donated to the John Bland Canadian Architecture Collection by Kathleen McConnell Laing.Also part of the donation were drawings and photographs of other residences for J. W. McConnell.


Architectural Drawings, 1930, 22 drawings. Drawings of plans, elevations, sections, and details document the design of a Calgary branch of the Bank of Montreal. Also drawings of the Badminton & Squash Club (Atwater Avenue).

Architectural drawings, Residence for J.W. McConnell,"Ashburton", Dorval, Quebec. 1919,1920, 1921, 1923,1946, 1947. 1 ink on paper: topographical survey, 5 pencil on tracing paper: 3 plans; 2 [garage and stable], 37 blueprints: plans, elevations, sections.

Residence 1475 Pine Avenue Montreal for J. W. McConnell Esq. 3 drawings, 24 contact images of drawings, 3 original photographs: portrait of J.W. McConnell, I exterior, 1 interior, 50 photo reproductions of photographs: 3 exteriors, 47 interiors, 1 journal article 1929 Town and Country.


Alexander Francis Dunlop
Bruce Haken Wright
Herbert Raine
Smythe and Schyberg