Fonds - Jack Ryrie '20 fonds

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Jack Ryrie '20 fonds

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  • 1925-[ca.196?] (Creation)
    Ryrie, Jack, 1903-1988

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17 cm of multiple media

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Jack Ryrie (1903-1988) was a Toronto architect who was a founding partner in the firm of Saunders and Ryrie.

Jack Ryrie was born in Toronto on 23 March, 1903. He was educated at Trinity College School at Port Hope, Ont., and subsequently received his B.Arch. in 1925 and his M.Arch. in 1927 at the University of Toronto. Ryrie was related to the owners of Ryrie Bros., a jewellery firm that later became part of Birks. He was a contemporary of E. C. Horwood. Together they attended the University, travelled overseas and worked on a couple of projects. The Horwood firm was also the architect for the Ryrie family buildings.

Ryrie took his most extensive trip abroad in 1926, studying and photographing architecture across Europe, the Middle East and Egypt. He received a diploma from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and toured the exhibits of the Exposition des Arts Decoratifs, which had opened in Paris in 1925.

Jack Ryrie commenced the practice of architecture independently in Toronto, but did collaborate with other architects such as Eric Arthur and Donald John Reed. In 1934 Ryrie joined with Dyce C. Saunders to form the firm of Saunders and Ryrie. They were known for their residential and office building work. The firm was active until 1940, when Ryrie joined the RCAF. After the war, Ryrie worked with the firm of Mathers and Haldenby until 1955, and thereafter in his own name, although from the same office address.

Ryrie died on 27 March 1988.

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Records donated to TCS by Jack Ryrie's niece Lisa Balfour Bowen.

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Fonds consists of records related to the personal and military life of Jack Ryrie, TCS class of 1920. Included are one postcard, three photographs, a University of Toronto Architectual Design award, and WWII medals, badges, insignia, buttons, and identification objects.

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