Albert Hope Fonds F4

A B6

Date of the items: 1887 – 1888, c. 1914

Physical description: 30 cm

Title: Albert Hope Fonds

Creator: Albert Hope

Repository: Trent Valley Archives

Reference number: TVA Fonds 4

Scope and contents: The fonds consists of architectural plans and drawings, c. 1914, for a few houses designed and built by the Peterborough builder Albert Hope, together with several coloured plates and details that appeared in the Scientific American, Architects and Builders Edition, 1887-88, which were used for developing his plans. Clients included James McMilnan, K.S. Scherlies, G. Ruth, Frank MacDonald, Peterborough Hardware Store, Dr Hewitt Amys, and L. Yeotes. The papers have extra interest as the Scientific Americans were clearly passed on from another builder who had valued these materials. They provide insight into the ways in which the most ubiquitous style of local Victorian architecture was introduced and refined.

Access Conditions: No Restrictions

Finding aid: None, see file listing below

Accruals: No further accruals are expected

Custodial history: The papers were found in the attic of a home on the avenues in Peterborough and were donated through Elwood Jones.

Biographical sketch: Albert Hope was born in 1879 in Wolverhampton to parents Alfred Joseph Hope and Mary Lester in Staffordshire, England. He immigrated to Peterborough in 1904 and began working as a contractor for hire, building properties for several clients in the Peterborough area until 1916, when he enlisted in the Pioneer Corps in the First World War. Upon his return to Peterborough, Albert became the first manual training instructor in Peterborough, teaching at several schools over the course of 25 years.

He married Frances Brown on October 15, 1906 and had five sons with her: Spencer, Earl, Jack, Bill and Raymond. The family rented several properties in town, but were finally able to purchase their own house at 219 Stewart Street in 1931. Albert was a devout member of All Saint’s Anglican Church where he served as the Sunday School Superintendent. He was also involved with the Young Men’s Bible Club, the local Boy Scouts, and branch No. 52 of the Canadian Legion. He passed away on September 16, 1953 at the age of 74.

Related fonds at TVA: There are several fonds at TVA with architectural plans related to the Peterborough area, including F250 J. P. Cahorn and F710 Gary Townsend.

Access Points:
Peterborough, Ontario
Scientific American
Victorian Architecture

List of Files:
Volume 1

  1. Scientific American B+A Jan 1887
  2. Scientific American B+A Feb 1887
  3. Scientific American B+A Mar 1887
  4. Scientific American B+A Mar 1887
  5. Scientific American B+A April 1887
  6. Scientific American B+A April 1887
  7. Scientific American B+A May 1887
  8. Scientific American B+A May 1887
  9. Scientific American B+A July 1887
  10. Scientific American B+A Aug 1887
  11. Scientific American B+A Sept 1887
  12. Scientific American B+A Oct 1887
  13. Scientific American B+A Dec 1887
  14. Scientific American B+A Dec 1887
  15. Scientific American B+A Jan 1888
  16. Scientific American B+A Feb 1888
  17. Scientific American B+A Mar 1888
  18. Scientific American B+A Mar 1888
  19. Scientific American B+A April 1888
  20. Volume 2

  21. A residence for G. Ruth, floor plans, 704 George Street
  22. A suburban residence
  23. Floor plans for house
  24. Drawings for a 2 2 storey house with oriel windows
    1. Front and rear elevations (ink on linen paper)
    2. Front elevation (pencil on heavy paper) + side elevation
    3. Rear elevation (pencil on heavy paper) + side elevation
    4. Attic plan
    5. Cellar plan
    6. Second floor
    7. Sectional elevation showing arrangement of the stairs, etc
  25. Peterborough Hardware store one side (Queen street near Simcoe) 2 storey house
  26. Full Size Details for Mr. Frank McDonald
  27. Proposed new bedrooms and windows, rear of 15 Elizabeth street, Toronto for K. S. Scherles Esq (next to Russian Baptist Mission) blueprint, 217 Parliament street, Toronto, Nov 12, 1914
  28. Detail for Dr. Hewitt Amys, Peterborough ON, 2 detail of main stairs, detail no 17, G. M. Miller co. architects Toronto
  29. Plans end details for erection of house for James McIlnan, 704 George Street
  30. Proposed alternations to storefronts at 350-352 Queen street east for L. Yeotes