At the corner of Bedford Road and Bloor Street West, JOHN M. LYLE’s architectural studio has been reconfigured into a Starbucks. The yellow-brick facade has been restored, and inside you can read about Mr. Lyle and his many contributions to Canadian architecture.
JOHN MACINTOSH LYLE (1872–1945) was a leading Canadian architect in the Beaux Arts style and was involved in the City Beautiful movement. In TORONTO, his best known creation is the Royal Alexandra Theatre, as well as Union Station, bank buildings, and Runnymede Public Library. In KINGSTON, he designed the granite and Indiana limestone Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada.
A recently published book by Coach House Press, A Progressive Traditionalist, celebrates the life and work of Mr. Lyle, who was awarded the Ontario Association of Architects Gold Medal of Honour, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. From 1941 to 1944, he served as president of the Art Gallery of Ontario.