Eden Smith and Three Carnegie Libraries

7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017
Room 140
University College, University of Toronto
15 King’s College Circle
Closest TTC station: Queen’s Park

Last October, the Toronto Public Library celebrated the centenary of the construction of three libraries designed by Eden Smith. This illustrated talk by architect Andrew Pruss presents the circumstances surrounding the construction of these libraries and Eden Smith’s background, career and work on the projects. It also examines the fabric of these buildings and their evolution since construction. Finally, there will be a preview of current work on the development of a database of Eden Smith’s projects.

Andrew Pruss is a principal and conservation architect with ERA Architects Inc., which specializes in architecture, landscape, and planning in the context of historic places. He is the recent recipient of a 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation. ERA works collaboratively to engage in conserving heritage resources, and improving the built environment. They have offices in Toronto, Montreal, and Picton, Ontario.

To continue the conversation, join us immediately afterwards for drinks at the Prenup Pub, 191 College St.

Image: Wychwood Branch Library from toronto.ca



“The hand, the head, and the heart”: Ruskin, Morris, and Craftsmanship Today

Claude T. Bissell Building
Room 205
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
June 3, 2017
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

This one-day event is jointly hosted by The Guild of St. George and the William Morris Society of Canada. The symposium will focus on the influence of John Ruskin and William Morris on craftsmanship, both in their own time and on those who continue to honour that legacy in their work today. The day will feature scholars and artists from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

REGISTRATION: 9:30 - 10 a.m. (Coffee)

10 - 11 a.m. David Latham (York University) "'Noble Grotesques': From Ruskin to Morris to Toronto"

11 - 12 p.m. Sara Atwood (Portland State University) “ ‘Syllable by syllable’: Ruskin and the Art of

12 - 1 p.m. LUNCH

1 - 2 p.m. Kateri Ewing (Artist and Teacher) “Learning to See”

2 - 3 p.m. Rachel Dickinson (Manchester Metropolitan University) “Ruskin, Morris and the Fabric of

3- 3:15 p.m. COFFEE BREAK

3:15 - 4 p.m. Ann Gagné (George Brown College) “Craft, Maker Culture, and Repurposing Materials in Toronto: Morris and Ruskin in Practice”

Registration costs (includes lunch/coffee)
General $50
Grad/undergrad Students $15

To buy tickets, visit: http://ruskinmorriscraft.brownpapertickets.com/

For more information contact Ann Gagné at sensoryvictorian@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter


Book Discussion and Picnic!
Saturday, July 22, 2017
, in the afternoon
Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Two years after our highly enjoyable News From Nowhere Book Discussion and Picnic, we're doing it again! This time the book is Peacock and Vine by A.S. Byatt, and it concerns the lives and careers of two men: Mariano Fortuny and William Morris.

Long-time WMSC member and PhD in English literature Judith Knelman will be leading the discussion. More details will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please e-mail wmsc.ca@gmail.com if you'd like to be put on the list!

Image: WMSC


We're finalizing plans for some more exciting events for 2017. Keep coming back to check for details and/or follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Reminder: WMSC members have priority booking for trips and other events that require registration and have limited numbers. Join us today!