John William Hopkins
John Hopkins was apprenticed to an architect of the city of Liverpool, in England, before embarking for Montreal, in 1852. He formed an agency of architects with James Nelson and Frederick Lawford in 1855 (Hopkins, Lawford and Nelson, architects). The associates worked in the Montreal region but also won contracts in Ontario. The agency ceased operations in 1859. Hopkins then began a solo career and signed in the 1860 prestigious projects. Some of his works included the former Customs building at Pointe-à-Callière (1863, now demolished) and the Crystal Palace on Victoria Street (1866, now demolished). With architect Daniel B. Wily, in 1869, they formed the agency Hopkins and Wily. The duo designed many large-scale works during its ten years of operation. In 1879, Hopkins enlisted the services of his son Edward C (Montreal, 1857 - 1941).
The tandem of strong links between John William Hopkins and the Montreal business community was very busy. The association between father and son ended in 1896 and John William Hopkins remained self employed until until 1904, but the production rate decreases significantly. In 1890, with nearly forty years of diligent practice behind him, he became the first president of the Association des Architectes du Québec (AQAA).
John William Hopkins is the architect whose achievements are most numerous in Old Montreal today. In 2006, nearly twenty buildings still bore his signature.
Mount Royal Cemetery
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Record added: Nov 15, 2012
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