Founded in 2003 as a non-profit organization, DOMINION MODERN set about collecting, cataloguing, preserving and promoting Canadian architecture, design and engineering, with an emphasis on 20th century modernism.
Supported by individuals, business and volunteer labour, the archive has grown an impressive collection of objects and photography. It has published a number of books (available online), runs a website and blog, has mounted some superb exhibitions, and is now assembling an oral history project with architects, engineers and designers.
<PHOTOS ABOVE – 1) Ontario Place , waterfront theme park, 1971-2011; 2) PO-MO lobby, 151 Yonge Street, WZMH Architects; 3) Google Canada’s headquarters, 111 Richmond Street West, a redesigned Peter Dickinson building erected in 1954; 4) Don Mills aerial, Canada’s first planned suburban community.
<PHOTOS ABOVE – 1) Anshei Minsk Synagogue, Kensington Market, traditional and modern; 2) detail, Polish Combatants Building, 1973, 206 Beverley Street, architect – Wieslaw Wodkiewicz; 3) O’Keefe Centre (now the Sony Centre), architect Peter Dickinson, 1960
If you’d like to DONATE (money, objects, photography, etc) you can do so on the website.
WEBSITE – http://www.dominionmodern.ca/
TO ORDER BOOKS – http://dominionmodern.ca/order/
DOMINION MODERN BLOG – http://dominionmodern.tumblr.com