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Commonwealth Square, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario (1999)

Commonwealth Square, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario (1999)

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People

  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)
  • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (architectural firm)

Title

Commonwealth Square, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario (1999)

Dates of creation

1974-2002

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 119 drawings (including 98 reprographic copies)
  • 0.02 l.m. of textual records
  • 21 photographs

Scope and Content

Project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's landscape project for the proposed Commonwealth Square of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, on Main Street West in Hamilton, Ontario. Oberlander worked on this project in 1999-2002 while the architectural firm Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna, Blumberg Architects was in charge of the building's renovations. The building was completed in 2005, but Oberlander's proposal for the landscaping redesign of Commonwealth Square was not realized. Oberlander's first proposal consisted in adding an oval-shaped mounded lawn in the centre of a paved plaza situated between the art gallery and Main Street West. A second proposal also documented in this project series included two curved access ramps leading to a terrace next to the building with trees planting at the far edge of the plaza and along the street and the underground parking entrance.

The project series contains design development drawings for Oberlander's landscaping, such as sketches, sections, landscape plans and renderings. The project series also includes renderings and working drawings for the building by KPMB architectural firm, and building plans for the existing building used as reference. The project is also documented through correspondence, including with clients, architects and consultants, Oberlander's concept notes, documents related to the plant selection, financial documents, documentation on the art gallery, and press clippings and articles on the project. It also comprises photographs of the existing landscaping on Main Street West plaza, including the Irving Zucker Sculpture Court.

Reference Number

AP075.S1.1999.PR02

Location

Hamilton Ontario Canada

Inventory

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    • Reference Number: AP075.S1.1999.PR02.001
    • Title: Correspondence and press, Commonwealth Square, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1999-2002
    • Form: textual records, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
    • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)

    Description:

    Original folder entitled: "COMMONWEALTH SQUARE / ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records
    • 21 photographs

    Credit line:

    Cornelia Hahn Oberlander fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Cornelia Hahn Oberlander/
    Gift of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

    Folder Number:

    075-072-030

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    • Reference Number: AP075.S1.1999.PR02.002
    • Title: Concept and design development, Commonwealth Square, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 1999-2002
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
    • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)

    Description:

    Original folder entitled: "COMMONWEALTH SQUARE / ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l.m. of textual records
    • 10 drawings
    • 8 reprographic copies

    Credit line:

    Cornelia Hahn Oberlander fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Cornelia Hahn Oberlander/
    Gift of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

    Folder Number:

    075-073-001

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    • Reference Number: AP075.S1.1999.PR02.003
    • Title: Reference working drawings, Commonwealth Square, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1974-1975
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
    • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)

    Description:

    underground parking garage structural plans and sections

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Stage and Purpose:

    • reference

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7 reprographic copies

    Technique and media:

    Reprographic print

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 81 x 121 cm

    Credit line:

    Cornelia Hahn Oberlander fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Cornelia Hahn Oberlander/
    Gift of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

    Folder Number:

    075-065-002

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    • Reference Number: AP075.S1.1999.PR02.004
    • Title: Design development drawings, Commonwealth Square, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: circa 2002
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
    • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Stage and Purpose:

    • design development

    Extent and Medium:

    • 11 drawings
    • 7 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 16 x 24 cm sheet (largest): 75 x 118 cm

    Credit line:

    Cornelia Hahn Oberlander fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Cornelia Hahn Oberlander/
    Gift of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

    Folder Number:

    075-065-003

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    • Reference Number: AP075.S1.1999.PR02.005
    • Title: Design development drawings and presentation drawings, Commonwealth Square, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1999-2002
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
    • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Stage and Purpose:

    • presentation

    Extent and Medium:

    • 30 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 47 x 61 cm sheet (largest): 82 x 116 cm

    Credit line:

    Cornelia Hahn Oberlander fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Cornelia Hahn Oberlander/
    Gift of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

    Folder Number:

    075-065-004

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    • Reference Number: AP075.S1.1999.PR02.006
    • Title: Floor plans, elevations, sections, sites plans and renderings, Commonwealth Square, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario
    • Dates of creation: 1999
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
    • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 45 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 28 x 43 cm

    Credit line:

    Cornelia Hahn Oberlander fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Cornelia Hahn Oberlander/
    Gift of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

    Folder Number:

    075-003-001

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