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William Thomas 1799-1860

William Thomas

Photo by contributor Elliott Brown - Posted July, 2013

William Thomas

Photo from Google Street View ©2013 Google - Posted July, 2013

Plaque Location

At 16 Willes Road in the town of Leamington Spa

Editor's Note
Thanks go to contributor George Nassas for his work
in locating this plaque.

Coordinates: N 52 17.522 W 01 31.762


Plaque Text

One of Canada's most prominent architects, Thomas was born in Suffolk and apprenticed as a carpenter before establishing an extensive architectural practice here in Royal Leamington Spa. During the 1830s he designed a series of attractive residences including this grand neo-classical crescent, Lansdowne Circus, Comyn Lodge, Aberdeen House and the Masonic Rooms. In 1843, frustrated by a depression in the building industry, Thomas emigrated to Toronto, Canada. He soon gained widespread recognition as the architect of many outstanding public and ecclesiastical buildings as well as numerous commercial and residential structures. Unrivalled in his mastery of detail, Thomas became the leading exponent in the country of the Decorated Gothic Revival style and designed some of the finest buildings erected in Ontario during the nineteenth century.

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