He became one of London's leading architects as well as in southern Ontario. The many structures he helped to design include Upper Canada College in Toronto, the Petrolia Town Hall and several buildings and houses, among them: Waverley (the large house on Grand Ave., London, built for Charles Goodhue, then occupied by the Smallman family and later became the Shute Institute), the London Club on Queens Ave, London and also buildings on the Western Fair grounds in East London, to name a few.
While doing work in Albany, NY, he met and was later married to Sarah Parker (1851-June 4, 1895). They lived at 554 Waterloo St. and had five children. They are buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London.
(1.) James Parker Durand married on Aug. 3, 1903 to Margaret Barnett. He is listed as a machinist at the time of their marriage.
(2.) Catherine Parker Durand married June 14,1906 to Edward Weber Kiefer, an engineer of Port Huron.
(3.) Edna Macbeth Durand married Charles H. Christie in Niagara Falls on Oct. 15,1902. He was from Toronto and they lived there.
(4.) Elsie Ferguson Durand (June 26,1882-Dec.6,1903), unmarried, died in Port Huron. She is buried with her parents.
(5.) George F. Durand (Feb-Aug.1.1884)
Sarah Parker Durand