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Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-1
Material Format
architectural drawing
textual record
Date
1913-1959
Physical Description
57 drawings : pencil on tracing paper, blueprints and other reproductions ; 72 x 114 cm or smaller
1 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Built in 1913, Loew's Yonge Street Theatre and Winter Garden Theatre complex was the flagship of Marcus Loew's Canadian theatre chain. The theatres were designed by Thomas Lamb as a "double-decker" theatre, with the Winter Garden located seven-stories above the street-level Yonge Street Theatre. This was the only double-decker theatre built in Canada and one of less than a dozen built internationally. The design was considered economical in that it provided a greater amount of seating on a given piece of real estate while allowing the theatre operator to present the same daily show in two theatres. The shows included both vaudeville acts and silent movies.
In 1928, there was a major fire on the site and the Winter Garden Theatre was closed due to the decline in popularity of vaudeville. By 1930, the Yonge Street Theatre was solely a movie theatre, equipped for sound movies. Over the years it gradually fell into disrepair, but continued as a movie theatre until 1981. It was renamed the Elgin Theatre in 1978.
In 1981, the Elgin and Winter Garden were purchased by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, and in 1987 the foundation began a two and half year, $30 million restoration of the theatres. The theatres re-opened in Dec. 1989 exclusively for theatrical productions.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of seating plans, blueprints of structural details, and floor plans, sections and elevations for successive alterations (to the entrance, lobby, basement, etc.) of the theatre. The sub-series includes a copy of a city building permit dating from 1934 for renovations carried out by Loew's Theatres Engineering Division. Some of the blueprints date from the original construction of the theatre in 1913.
The sub-series is organized into 9 sub-sub-series, corresponding to project dates of 1913, 1919, 1934, 1939, 1949 (two projects), 1952, 1957 and 1959. The earliest materials, such as those from 1913 and 1919, were not created by Kaplan & Sprachman, but were no doubt used as reference materials for their work at the theatre.
Please note that the blueprints of structural details such as columns and roof reinforcing beams may apply to the theatre complex as a whole, including the Winter Garden Theatre.
Notes
Title is derived from the formal titles of the drawings.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Elgin Theatre (Toronto)
Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto)
Subjects
Theaters
Physical Condition
Some drawings are torn & damaged.
Some are discoloured or damaged by deteriorating pressure-sensitive tape.
Places
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2
Material Format
architectural drawing
graphic material
Date
1919-1968
Physical Description
132 architectural drawings : pencil (some on tracing paper, some hand col. using pencil crayon), blueprints and other reproductions ; 76 x 106 cm or smaller
5 photographs : b&w ; 44 x 55 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
One of sixteen theatres in Canada designed by the well-known architect Thomas W. Lamb, the Uptown Theatre opened in 1920 as a movie and vaudeville theatre of almost 3000 seats, and was later the first theatre in Toronto equipped for sound movies. In 1960 the Uptown's main auditorium was destroyed by a major fire. Kaplan & Sprachman participated in the theatre's subsequent renovation.
In 1969 the Uptown was split into a five screen theatre through conversion of the theatre's balcony, backstage and basement areas. The Uptown was closed and demolished in late 2003 following the 28th Annual Toronto International Film Festival after the cinema operator, Famous Players, decided to close it and other theatres rather than comply with an Ontario Human Rights Commission order to make the theatres fully wheelchair-accessible.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of seating plans, blueprints of structural details, floor plans, sections and elevations for successive alterations (to the entrance, lobby, escalator, etc.) of the theatre, as well as several photographs of the Uptown's entrance and auditorium. The sub-series includes a number of hand-coloured drawings of the main auditorium dating from 1962, with paint and fabric samples attached, apparently associated with the re-building of the auditorium following the fire of 1960. The sub-series also includes a set of photo-reproductions of Thomas Lamb's original 1919 plans for the theatre, acquired by Kaplan & Sprachman in 1960.
The sub-series is arranged in 9 sub-sub-series corresponding to project dates of 1919, 1936, 1945, 1949, 1960, 1962, and 1968. The final sub-sub-series relates to work done by Kaplan after the dissolution of Kaplan & Sprachman.
In several cases, a sub-sub-series includes drawings and plans from earlier projects, used as reference materials for the current project.
Name Access
Lamb, Thos. W. (Thomas White), 1871-1942
Uptown Theatre (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Theaters
Physical Condition
Some drawings torn or water-damaged. Some are discoloured or damaged by deteriorating pressure-sensitive tape.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Proposed alterations to Loew's Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-3
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1946, 1968
Physical Description
5 drawings : blueline and blackline prints ; 60 x 101 cm
Admin History/Bio
The Winter Garden Theatre was built in 1913-1914 and opened on 16 Feb. 1914, the upper half of a double-decker theatre complex which included Loew's Yonge Street Theatre at street-level. The theatres were designed by Thomas Lamb and were the flagship of Loew's theatre chain in Canada.
The Winter Garden was an "atmospheric theatre", with a simulated sky and stars, columns painted to resemble tree trunks, garden scenes painted on the walls, and lanterns, blossoms and beech leaves hung from the ceiling. Performers would appear at both theatres, but the Winter Garden was considered more exclusive than Loew's Yonge Street Theatre, with fewer seats (approx. 1400), higher ticket prices and reserved seating.
With the decline in popularity of vaudeville during the 1920s, the Winter Garden was closed in 1928. It remained closed and unused until 1981, when it and the Elgin (as the Yonge Street Theatre had been renamed) were purchased and subsequently restored by the Ontario Heritage Foundation. The theatres re-opened in Dec. 1989.
While histories of the Winter Garden typically describe it as a "time capsule" which remained sealed and undisturbed from the time of its closing in 1928 until it was restored, the architectural drawings in this sub-series document two proposed renovations of the Winter Garden during those decades.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of drawings for 2 proposed renovations of the theatre, by Kaplan & Sprachman in 1944, and by Harold Kaplan in 1968.
Notes
Project reference codes 44-K-160 (Kaplan & Sprachman), and 68-6 (Harold S. Kaplan).
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Jewish Home for the Aged sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Jewish Home for the Aged sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-4
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1951-1952
Physical Description
21 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm and 9 x 12 cm
0.5 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of two files of photographs of the Jewish Home for the Aged at various stages of its construction and correspondence between Kaplan & Sprachman and the construction company, George Hardy Ltd, in which the architects request photographs of the building and construction progress.
Notes
Photographers: Panda Photography; Ames & Holtom; McCullagh Studio.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Residences for Mr & Mrs. H.S. Kaplan : 226 Strathallan Wood, North York, and Park Towers suite 611 sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-5
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1951-1953
Physical Description
17 drawings : pencil, and pencil on tracing paper ; 62 x 67 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of floor plans, elevations, and drawings of details for the Kaplans' home, 226 Strathallan Wood, North York, plans for subsequent additions to the residence, and a floor plan for an apartment, Park Towers suite 611. The Park Towers floor plan is undated, and the location of the building is unknown.
Notes
Project reference code 50-K-75, for plans for 226 Strathallan Wood.
Title is based on the title for project 50-K-75.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Proposed new building for Atlas Radio Corporation sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Proposed new building for Atlas Radio Corporation sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-6
Material Format
architectural drawing
Responsibility
Wingold Construction
Date
1954
Physical Description
7 drawings : blueline prints ; 84 x 108 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of plans and specifications detailing factory partitions, office layout, roof framing, room finish schedule, building elevations and sections.
Notes
Title taken from one of the drawings.
Wingold Construction project #542.
Physical Condition
Several drawings are torn and water-damaged.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Proposed additions to stores at Sheppard Ave. E. & Willowdale Ave., North York for Mr. R.J. Sapera sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-7
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1950-1958
Physical Description
15 drawings : 1 pencil drawing and 14 blueline prints ; 63 x 89 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of a pencil drawing of Kaplan & Sprachman's proposed additions to Mr. Sapera's store in a small shopping plaza, and 14 stapled prints of the original plans for the shopping plaza dating from 1950.
The architect responsible for the original plans was J.E. Hoare, working for Salter Construction.
Notes
Subseries title is taken from the formal title proper of the Kaplan & Sprachman drawing.
Kaplan & Sprachman project reference code 58-K-8.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Proposed residence for Mr. & Mrs. P. Cooper, Pembroke, Ont. sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Proposed residence for Mr. & Mrs. P. Cooper, Pembroke, Ont. sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-8
Material Format
architectural drawing
Responsibility
Kaplan & Sprachman
Date
1958
Physical Description
3 drawings : pencil on tracing paper ; 55 x 45 cm
Scope and Content
Floor plans for the proposed residence.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Primrose Club, Russell Hill Rd. at St. Clair, Toronto, Canada sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Primrose Club, Russell Hill Rd. at St. Clair, Toronto, Canada sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-9
Material Format
architectural drawing
Responsibility
Kaplan & Sprachman, architects
John B. Parkin & Assoc., architects & engineers
Date
1959-1960
Physical Description
84 drawings : blueprints and blackline prints ; 54 x 105 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
The Primrose Club was founded in Toronto in 1907 as the Cosmopolitan Club, an elite Jewish men's social club. In 1959, the club's building at 41 Willcocks Street was expropriated by the University of Toronto (and currently houses the university's Faculty Club), and the club subsequently moved to a new building at Russell Road & St. Clair, designed by Kaplan & Sprachman. It has since been demolished and a condominium has been put up in its place by Toronto developer, Ken Rotenberg.
Scope and Content
The sub-series consists of two sets of lot plans, floor plans, elevations, mechanical and electrical plans and various building specifications, and a set of 5 plumbing and drainage plans. The set identified by inscriptions as the "original plan" is dated 14 May 1959; the second set of "revised plans" dates from 16 Sept. 1959.
Notes
Kaplan & Sprachman project reference code 58-K-31.
Name Access
Primrose Club
Physical Condition
Most of the plans are water-damaged along the lower edge.
Places
Russell Hill Road (Toronto, Ont.)
Saint Clair Avenue West (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Factory for Precast Building Products, Oster Lane, Vaughan Township, Ont. sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-10
Material Format
architectural drawing
Responsibility
Harold S. Kaplan
Date
1967
Physical Description
6 drawings : 3 pencil and 3 photocopies ; 72 x 91 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of floor plans, elevations and lot plan, and perspective drawing of the proposed factory.
Notes
Project reference code 67-6 (Harold S. Kaplan).
Name Access
Precast Building Products
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Thorncliffe Theatre for Famous Players Canadian at Thorncliffe Market Place, Borough of East York sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-11
Material Format
architectural drawing
textual record
Responsibility
Mandel C. Sprachman
Date
1968
Physical Description
14 drawings : blackline prints ; 59 x 92 cm
0.5 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Drawings include site and roof plans, floor plans, elevations and detail drawings, details of candy bar, electrical and mechanical plans and schedules. Sub-series includes one document, entitled "Division 9 : finishes", listing details of the finishing of the theatre.
Notes
Harold Kaplan's role in this project is unclear from the available records.
Mandel Sprachman project reference code 65-10-19.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Additions and alterations at 19 Dellbank Drive for Mr. & Mrs. S. Greenberg sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-12
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1968
Physical Description
8 drawings : pencil and ink, 4 on tracing paper ; 60 x 87 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of preliminary floor plans, elevations, and rough sketches.
Notes
Project reference code 68-4 (Harold S. Kaplan).
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
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