Basic Biographical Details

Name: Darling & Pearson
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1899
Bio Notes: Frank Darling was born in 1850, the son and brother of prominent Anglican clergymen in Toronto, and trained with Henry Langley. He then sought experience in London, in the offices of George Edmund Street and Arthur William Blomfield, returning to Toronto after three years to commence practice on his own account. After a year practising alone he went into partnership with Henry MacDougall in 1873 but this was dissolved when MacDougall returned to Scotland in 1875.

In 1880 Darling entered into a new partnership with Samuel Curry. In 1890 the firm became Darling, Pearson & Sproatt when John Andrew Pearson (born 1867) and Henry Sproatt, who were already in partnership together, joined the firm. The firm was renamed Darling & Pearson in 1899 when Sproatt left to enter a new partnership with Ernest Rolph. By 1905, when David Suttie McIlroy briefly joined the firm as an assistant, an office had been opened in Winnipeg.

The title of Darling & Pearson was retained after Darling's death in 1923.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Toronto, CanadaBusiness   
Item 2 of 2Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaBusiness1905 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 10Frank Darling18991923Partner 
Item 2 of 10Andrew Sharp19021910Chief Designer 
Item 3 of 10James Hodge Brown19041910Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 10David Suttie McIlroy19051906Assistant 
Item 5 of 10Andrew Grant19071908Assistant 
Item 6 of 10Andrew Rollo19071915  
Item 7 of 10David John Cameronc. 1907c. 1913Assistant 
Item 8 of 10William Ferguson (junior) (or William Moncrieff Ferguson, or Willie Ferguson)After 19111929Assistant(?)With the exception of war service, 1914-18
Item 9 of 10William Ralston19141922Assistant 
Item 10 of 10James Hodge Brown19191923Assistant(?)Role uncertain


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of Magma Communications architects' directory