The Design of the Peter Redpath Museum at McGill University: The Genesis, Expression and Evolution of an Idea about Natural History

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The Design of the Peter Redpath Museum at McGill University: The Genesis, Expression and Evolution of an Idea about Natural History
Abstract
The Redpath Museum, one of the oldest museums in Canada, was opened in 1882, originally to preserve and display the valuable collections of Sir John William Dawson (1820-1899), a noted Canadian natural scientist and Principal of McGill University. Commissioned in 1880 by McGill benefactor Peter Redpath (1821-1894), and marking the 25th anniversary of Sir John William Dawson's appointment as Principal, the Museum was designed by A.C. Hutchison and A. D. Steele. They conceived an idiosyncratic expression of eclectic Victorian Classicism, synthesizing ancient and modern as well as European and North American sources to dignify the campus and express the significance of its purpose. The Redpath Museum of McGill University is an unusual and late example of the Greek Revival in North America.
Publication
Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada/Bulletin de la Société pour l'étude de l'architecture au Canada
Volume
Vol. 17
Issue
no. 3
Pages
60-76
Date
September 1992
Language
en
Citation
Bronson, Susan. “The Design of the Peter Redpath Museum at McGill University: The Genesis, Expression and Evolution of an Idea about Natural History.” Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada/Bulletin de la Société pour l’étude de l’architecture au Canada Vol. 17, no. 3 (September 1992): 60–76.
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