Art Gallery of Ontario, Furnishings and Equipment, Toronto (1971)
Part of:
  • John Cresswell Parkin (archive creator)

Art Gallery of Ontario, Furnishings and Equipment, Toronto (1971)


circa 1971-1979

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • Approximately 98 drawings (including 83 reprographic copies)
    0.062 l.m. of textual records
Scope and content:
This project series documents the design and purchase of equipment and furnishings for the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto in 1971. The office identified the project number as 7118.

Beginning in 1969, Parkin’s firm was hired as the head architects for the AGO’s massive expansion program that would span more than a decade. This is one project relating to the expansion of the art gallery. It consisted of the furnishings and equipment for the newly expanded gallery, which included benches, lecture hall seating, carpets, desks, and fabrics. It should be noted that while AGO project contracts were originally given to John B. Parkin Associates, John C. Parkin continued the project under his new firm, Parkin Architects Planners, after parting ways with partner John B. Parkin in 1971.

The project is recorded through drawings and textual records dating from around 1971-1979. The textual records show the planning and purchase of furnishings through correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, and specifications. The drawings show the proposed layouts and design of the gallery furnishings.
Reference number:


Materials in this project series have been kept in their original orders and/or arranged by material type.

Toronto Ontario Canada

Related units of description:
  • Records for related projects are also included in this fonds, see: AP018. S1.1969.PR01, Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario, Stage I Expansion, Toronto AP018.S1.1969.PR04, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Master Plan, Toronto; AP018.S1.1970.PR07, Art Gallery of Ontario, Existing Building, Toronto; AP018.S1.1971.PR10, Art Gallery of Ontario, Custom Built Furniture, Toronto; AP018.S1.1972.PR08, Art Gallery of Ontario, Stage II Expansion, Toronto; AP018.S1.1973.PR04, Art Gallery of Ontario, Demolition of 246 and 248 Simcoe Street, Toronto AP018.S1.1975.PR08, Art Gallery of Ontario, Stage III Expansion, Toronto; AP018.S1.1976.PR26, Art Gallery of Ontario, Education Offices Furnishings, Toronto; AP018.S1.1979.PR02, Art Gallery of Ontario, Renovations to Restaurant and Kitchen, Toronto; AP018.S1.1979.PR06, Art Gallery of Ontario, Provisions for King Tutankhamun Exhibit, Toronto; AP018.S1.1982.PR04, Art Gallery of Ontario, Room Barricades for the Grange, Toronto; AP018.S1.1984.PR02, Art Gallery of Ontario, Conservation Expansion, Toronto.

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