Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Robertson Brown
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 August 1869
Bio Notes: David Robertson Brown was born in Montreal on 28 August 1869, son of James Brown and Elizabeth Robertson; his paternal grandparents David Brown and Hannah Dalziel had emigrated from Edinburgh in 1833. He was a pupil of A F Dunlop and A C Hutchison in Montreal, and also studied in Boston. He commenced independent practice in 1892. In 1900 he married Harriet Fairbairn Robb, second daughter of William Robb, City Treasurer, Montreal.

In 1907 Brown took Hugh Vallance into partnership. Vallance had been born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1866, and had studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and subsequently worked as chief draughtsman in a Boston architectural firm from 1900 before moving to Montreal to join Brown in partnership.

The partnership of Brown & Vallance was dissolved in 1919, both partners continuing to practise alone thereafter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Montreal, CanadaBusiness1892After 1936 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Brown & Vallance19071919Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Hugh Allen Inglis Valentine19281929Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Hugh Allen Inglis Valentine19301931Assistant 
Item 3 of 3John Howden Cook19301931  


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2A National Reference Book on Canadian Men and Women1936A National Reference Book on Canadian Men and Women   
Item 2 of 2Sulte, Benjamin, Fryer, C E and David, L O1908A History of Quebec: Its Resources and People Montreal and Toronto: Canadian History Company