Visiting Scholar Seminar: Adele Freedman

John C. Parkin and Roger d'Astous: Two Modernists, Two Cities, Two Careers
Seminar, 5 June 1998

Visiting Scholar Adele Freedman presents her research.

The comparison between Toronto modernist architect, John C. Parkin, and his important yet neglected contemporary from Montreal, Roger D’Astous, allows a juxtaposing analysis of academic backgrounds, careers, office organizations, cultures and cities. Parkin specialized in corporate and institutional work, D’Astous in churches and residences; Parkin studied under Walter Gropius at Harvard, D’Astous was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin; Parkin ran a large corporate office, while D’Astous was master of an atelier. The benefit from the discussion of Parkin and D’Astous in relation to their respective internalization of sources was a more comprehensive understanding of modernism in Quebec by positioning it vis-à-vis the history of modernism in the rest of Canada.

Adele Freedman was a Visiting Scholar at the CCA in 1997-1998.


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