Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Dunlop Rankin
Born: 23 February 1886
Died: 22 September 1965
Bio Notes: Thomas Dunlop Rankin was born in Kelvinside, Glasgow on 23 February 1886. He was articled to Stewart & Paterson c.1901 and completed the five-year course at Glasgow School of Architecture from 1902 to 1906, from 1904 under Eugène Bourdon. In June 1906, Rankin emigrated to Canada and was employed by Ross & Macfarlane, architects of Montreal from 1906 to 1910; he was the supervising architect for the construction of the Union Station and the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. In September 1910, Rankin commenced work as an architect with the Department of Public Works and remained with the department until his retirement in November 1946. As Senior Supervising Architect, Chief Architects Branch, Rankin worked on a wide range of federal buildings including the Quebec Post office, the new Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, the Confederation Building, Ottawa, the Justice Building, Ottawa, and the temporary Second World War buildings in Ottawa. He was the architect collaborating with the engineers in the design and the construction of the Mooring Mast for the arrival of the R-100 dirigible at St Hubert, Quebec on 1930. He also worked on various comprehensive city planning projects for Ottawa in association with the French architect and town planning consultant Jacques Greber, in connection with which he travelled to England and France in 1937.

Rankin died in Ottawa on 22 September 1965.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3141, Cameron Street, Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaPrivate   
Item 2 of 3St Catharines, Canada    
Item 3 of 3Kelvinside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1886 Born there

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Stewart & Paterson19011906Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Ross & MacFarlane19061910Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Ottawa Department of Public WorksSeptember 1910November 1946  


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Archibald, Margaret1983By Federal Design: The Chief Architects Branch of the Department of Public Works 1881-1914 Parks, Canada 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Archives of CanadaNational Archives of Canada Student and other drawings accessions 78903/97, 79003/22 and 80103/20; photographs in Documentary Art and Photography Division accession 1978-3; manuscript material MG 30 B115 and biographical material