Peter Rose fonds

Peter Rose fonds

Part of


  • Peter Rose (archive creator)
  • Peter Rose (architect)


Peter Rose fonds

Dates of creation



  • archives

Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • Approximately 11,548 drawings (including reprographic copies)
  • 15.64 linear meters of textual documentation
  • 838 photographic materials
  • 33 models

Scope and Content

The Peter Rose fonds 1983-1992 documents the design and construction of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (1989) and the redevelopment of the Old Port of Montréal, Master Plan (1992) by architect Peter Rose.

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), located on 1920 Baile Street, was part of a reconstruction project which integrated the historic Shaughnessy House, designed by William T. Thomas in 1874, into a newly built architectural research centre and museum. Materials relating to the CCA are largely divided by the phases of construction of the CCA and the restoration of the Shaughnessy House.

The Old Port of Montréal, Master Plan was an urban design project that aimed to redevelop and revitalize Montréal’s historic Old Port. Located alongside the Saint Lawrence River, the Old Port had been in decline since the 1930s. This redevelopment aimed to convert the Old Port into a recreational and touristic centre while also maintaining the Port’s maritime character and functions. Materials for the Old Port of Montréal, Master Plan are largely described according to the Port’s sectors. Included with the Old Port materials are some of Rose’s submissions for the Faubourg Québec project, 1989-1994, which was to transform a thirty acre site east of the Old Port of Montréal, into an urban residential neighbourhood.

The project records contain an extensive number of drawings for both the design of the CCA and the Old Port of Montréal. These drawings consist of sketches, preliminary drawings, presentation designs, working drawings, shop and as-built drawings. Lighting, security, architectural, and mechanical prints as well as documentary photographs of the construction of the CCA are also included. Drawings for the Old Port project consist of sketches, conceptual drawings, presentation drawings, and proposed plans. There are also a number of reproductions of nineteenth and early twentieth century maps and plans used by Rose for research. Photographs in the Old Port project provide views prior to its redevelopment in 1992 and several taken by Rose to be used for architectural reference.

Textual records include correspondence with clients and consultants, internal memos, transmittals, minutes of meeting, inspection reports, agendas, invoices, budgets, cost estimations, publicity, and research materials on the history of the Old Port and Shaughnessy House.

Among the materials are presentation and development models for the CCA building. These models provide views of the Shaughnessy House, the entrance pavilion to the CCA and Parc Baile, the galleries, the library, the Alcan Scholar’s wing, and the Paul Desmarais Theatre. The project records contain mock-ups of the CCA’s handrails and portions of stone cladding as well as lamp bases for the Shaughnessy House. A model of the Old Port of Montréal is also included.

Reference Number



The materials in the Peter Rose fonds were arranged by CCA archivists keeping to the original order whenever possible.

Biographical notes

Peter Douglas Rose was born on August 1, 1943 in Montréal, Québec. Rose received a Bachelor of Arts (1966) and a Master of Architecture (1970) from Yale University. After completing his studies, Rose returned to Montréal and briefly worked for the architectural firm, Arcop Associates, before working independently as an architect and builder for various downtown offices. In the 1970s, Rose designed several postmodern vacation houses in the Eastern Townships and the Laurentian regions of Québec. This work included Ski Pavillon 70 in Mont Saint-Sauveur (1977), which won him a Progressive Architecture Award in 1978.

In 1979, Rose established the firm Peter Rose Architect in Montréal. In 1991, Rose’s main office was relocated to Boston, Massachusetts and named the Office of Peter Rose – the firm was renamed Peter Rose + Partners in 2007. The firm’s built projects vary in scope and size and include residential, commercial, restoration/renovation, institutional and urban design in both Canada and the United States.

Rose has received numerous awards for his built projects over the years, including an Ordre des Architectes du Québec’s Prix d’excellence (1991) for Le Centre Eaton in Montréal, and an American Institute of Architects’ Design Award (2001) for the Mountain Residence in Stowe, Vermont and the Manhattan Townhouse in New York, New York. Rose’s design of the East House (2012) in Chilmark, Massachusetts, received over five architectural awards.

Throughout his professional career, Rose has been an active educator. From 1991- 2010, Rose was an adjunct professor of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; he’s also taught at Princeton University, McGill University, and the University of Toronto. Rose was a guest lecturer at various universities throughout Canada and the United States. He regularly sits on student architectural design reviews and related symposiums.

Rose has been involved in various professional affiliations, including the Ordre des Architectes du Québec, the Ontario Association of Architects, the New York State Association of Architects, and the Boston Society of Architects. Peter Rose was elected to the College of Fellows by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1994, and in 2016, he was elected to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows.

Conditions governing access

  • Access by appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction

  • For copyright information or permission to reproduce material from the fonds, please contact the CCA (reproductions@cca.qc.ca).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

  • Gift of Peter Rose in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, and 2005.

Custodial history

The Peter Rose fonds remained in the creator’s custody, until their transfer to the CCA at various times between 1988 and 2005.

Archivist's note

  • In 1992 a detailed inventory list was produced by the CCA for materials received in 1991. In 2016 some materials of subsequent donations were also processed. A fonds level description was created by Patricia Di Palma in 2017. In 2018 all the materials in the fonds were arranged and described by Marissa Stimpson.


Montréal Island of Montréal Québec Canada

Credit line

When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Peter Rose fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.

Language of material

French , English


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