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Robert J. McGuinness fonds

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Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of two series: I. St. Mary's Parish, ca.1945-1983, 0.16 cm, and contains two sub-series: A. Architecture, ca.1945-1983 (architectural plans, general information); B. Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings (pertaining to Father McGuinness and St. Mary's Parish), 1950-1978. II. McGuinn…
Date Range
1940-1950
1954
1955
1960
1977
1978
1980-1983
Reference Code
M460
Description Level
1 / Fonds
GMD
Textual record
Plan
Postcard
Private record
Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Description Level
1 / Fonds
Fonds Number
M 460
Sous-Fonds
M 460
Accession Number
960
3707
2018.9000
Reference Code
M460
GMD
Textual record
Plan
Postcard
Private record
Date Range
1940-1950
1954
1955
1960
1977
1978
1980-1983
Physical Description
1.11 cm of textual records (34 pages : 29 x 42 cm or smaller) -- 9 architectural drawings : annotations ; 89 x 58 cm or smaller
History / Biographical
Originally from ancient Iveagh, which is now County Down, Ireland, the McGuinness family eventually migrated to Liverpool at an unknown time. The McGuinness family were provision merchants in Liverpool, but found supplies limited so they emigrated to Canada. Born on June 20, 1886 in Liverpool, Father Robert James McGuinness moved to Belleville, Ontario, Canada with his family in 1890. He had 7 brothers and sisters, including Oswald A. McGuinness, who settled in Invermere, British Columbia. Robert attended St. Lawrence College in Ampleforth, Yorkshire, and completed his studies at St. Servan in Rhiems, France, qualifying as an engineer. He held a position with the federal government upon his return to Canada, however when World War I broke out Robert served in the 29th Battalion of CRTS building pontoons behind European battle lines. After returning to Canada, Robert worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway as an architectural engineer, which brought him west to Banff, Alberta. Robert was the resident architectural engineer overlooking the construction of the Banff Springs Hotel expansion in the 1920's. In the late 1920's, Robert traveled to Rome to enter the seminary and four years later he was ordained as a priest. After serving as priest in Calgary, Robert was appointed Catholic priest in Banff in 1936, where he lived and worked until his death in 1961. To fulfill a personal dream, Robert designed and supervised the construction of the new church building and grounds for St. Mary's Parish (St. Mary's of the Assumption) which was completed in 1951. During his years in Europe, Robert visited ancient churches and cathedrals which influenced the design of the church, primarily the Norman Chateau architectural style. Robert was also a talented artist. Some of his work can be seen in galleries in New York and in Banff. His work has been reproduced for Canadian Pacific Railway tourism material, including the Spiral Tunnels postcard included in this fonds. Robert died in Calgary on June 17, 1961, just shy of his 75th birthday, after being ill for a few months.
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of two series:
I. St. Mary's Parish, ca.1945-1983, 0.16 cm, and contains two sub-series: A. Architecture, ca.1945-1983 (architectural plans, general information); B. Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings (pertaining to Father McGuinness and St. Mary's Parish), 1950-1978.
II. McGuinness Family, 1953-1977, 1 cm (private records, including handwritten notes, a memoir, and a postcard).
Notes
. IYounger brother Oswald was a surveyor who built the road from Invermere to Calgary
There is some indication that Robert had a role in the construction of the Bow River Bridge or the collection of the stones used for the bridge, but this is unconfirmed
Name Access
McGuinness, Robert J.
Subject Access
Architecture
Art
Banff
Buildings
Churches
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Family and personal life
Professional and Personal Life
Religions
St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church
Geographic Access
Alberta
Banff
Banff National Park
Canada
Ontario
Access Restrictions
No restrictions on access
Copyright, privacy, commercial use and other restrictions may apply
Language
Language is English
Related Material
08.3 / Si 3m / Pam
08.3 / B22 stm / Pam
08.3 / Sa 2 / Pam
Creator
McGuinness, Robert J.
Category
Family and personal life
Religions
Biographical Source Notes
Based on contents of the fonds
https://www.genealogy.com/ftm/g/o/g/Laurie-Goggin/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0444.html
"St. Mary's of the Assumption" pamphlet printed by the Crag and Canyon in Banff (08.3/Sa 2/Pam)
http://www.stmarysparishbanff.ca/history/
Title Source
Title based on accession records
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Architectural and Grounds Plans for St. Mary's Parish

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Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Scope & Content
File consists of architectural and grounds plans and drawings for St. Mary's Parish in Banff, comprising 9 sheets, H58 x W89 cm to H43 x W58 cm. Plans are possibly diazotype (diazo) prints. Designed by Father Robert McGuinness. Donated by Stevenson Raines Barrett Christie Hutton Seton & Partners (l…
Date Range
[ca.1945-1951]
Reference Code
M460 / I / A / 1-9 O.S.
Description Level
5 / File
GMD
Plan
Textual record
Architectural drawing
Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Description Level
5 / File
Fonds Number
M460
Series
M460 / I : St. Mary's Parish
Sous-Fonds
M460
Sub-Series
M460 / I / A : Architecture
Accession Number
3707
Reference Code
M460 / I / A / 1-9 O.S.
GMD
Plan
Textual record
Architectural drawing
Date Range
[ca.1945-1951]
Physical Description
9 architectural drawings : annotations ; 89 x 58 cm or smaller
Scope & Content
File consists of architectural and grounds plans and drawings for St. Mary's Parish in Banff, comprising 9 sheets, H58 x W89 cm to H43 x W58 cm.
Plans are possibly diazotype (diazo) prints.
Designed by Father Robert McGuinness.
Donated by Stevenson Raines Barrett Christie Hutton Seton & Partners (later Raines Finlayson Barrett) to the Canadian Architectural Archives at the University of Calgary.
Notes
Father Robert McGuinness was an engineer with the Canadian federal government and the Canadian Pacific Railway before entering the priesthood. After becoming ordained in Rome, Father McGuinness traveled around Europe and his designs for St. Mary's Parish were influenced by the ancient stone churches he visited during his travels.
The church was known by different names, including: St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Mary's Catholic Church. It is currently called St. Mary's Parish.
Name Access
McGuinness, Robert J.
Subject Access
Churches
Architecture
St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church
Buildings
Geographic Access
Banff
Banff National Park
Alberta
Canada
Reproduction Restrictions
Originals are held in the Canadian Architectural Archives at the University of Calgary Libraries.
Copies are for reference only.
Language
English
Category
Religions
Title Source
Title based on contents of file
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St. Mary's Church in Banff, Alberta

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Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Scope & Content
File consists of a copy of an article pertaining to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Banff, Alberta, comprising 6 pages, H27.5 x W21 cm. The undated article was written by Annalise Walker, the curator for the Canadian Architectural Archives at the University of Calgary Libraries. The article reference…
Date Range
[ca.1980-1983]
Reference Code
M460 / I / A / 10
Description Level
5 / File
GMD
Textual record
Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Description Level
5 / File
Fonds Number
M460
Series
M460 / I : St. Mary's Parish
Sous-Fonds
M460
Sub-Series
M460 / I / A : Architecture
Accession Number
3707
Reference Code
M460 / I / A / 10
GMD
Textual record
Date Range
[ca.1980-1983]
Physical Description
0.01 cm of textual records (6 pages ; 21 x 27.5 cm)
Scope & Content
File consists of a copy of an article pertaining to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Banff, Alberta, comprising 6 pages, H27.5 x W21 cm. The undated article was written by Annalise Walker, the curator for the Canadian Architectural Archives at the University of Calgary Libraries. The article references the architectural design of the church, biographical information about Father Robert McGuinness, and the final built decor and design (stained glass windows, gneiss stone exterior, main alter), as well as a description of the later designs for an addition.
Notes
The article was gifted to the Whyte Museum from the Canadian Architectural Archives along with the architectural and grounds plans drawings
Name Access
McGuinness, Robert J.
Walker, Annalise
Subject Access
Architecture
Banff
Banff National Park
Buildings
Churches
St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church
Stone structures
Biographical
Geographic Access
Alberta
Banff
Banff National Park
Canada
Language
English
Creator
Walker, Annalise
Category
Religions
Title Source
Title given by author
Less detail
Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Scope & Content
File consists of two hand-written letters from Father Robert McGuinness to Alfred Roberts, comprising 7 sheets and 2 envelopes, H27.5 x W21 cm to H9.5 x W16.5. One letter is dated February 11, 1955. One letter is dated October 26, 1954. Topics discussed include: McGuinness' role as inspecting engin…
Date Range
1954-1955
Reference Code
M460 / I / B / 1-2
Description Level
5 / File
GMD
Private record
Textual record
Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Description Level
5 / File
Fonds Number
M460
Series
M460 / I / : St. Mary's Parish
Sous-Fonds
M460
Sub-Series
M460 / I / B : Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings
Accession Number
960
Reference Code
M460 / I / B / 1-2
GMD
Private record
Textual record
Date Range
1954-1955
Physical Description
0.05 cm of textual records (9 pages ; 21 x 27.5 cm or smaller)
Scope & Content
File consists of two hand-written letters from Father Robert McGuinness to Alfred Roberts, comprising 7 sheets and 2 envelopes, H27.5 x W21 cm to H9.5 x W16.5.
One letter is dated February 11, 1955.
One letter is dated October 26, 1954.
Topics discussed include: McGuinness' role as inspecting engineer for the Banff Springs Hotel expansion; McGuinness' travels and religious education in Rome and Wales; architecture (primarily the Norman Chateau style) of St. Mary's Parish, including sketches; traveling to Liverpool by ship; and material he used while presiding over a wedding service.
Notes
Letters were posted to Alfred V. Roberts in San Diego. McGuinness mentions in one of the letters that Alfred was also an engineer and that they were in Canada at some point together.
Name Access
McGuinness, Robert J.
Roberts, Alfred V.
Subject Access
Architecture
Banff
Hotels
Churches
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Professional and Personal Life
Religions
St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church
Stone structures
Travel
Geographic Access
Alberta
Banff
Banff National Park
Canada
United States of America
San Diego
Language
English
Creator
McGuinness, Robert J.
Category
Religions
Communications
Title Source
Title based on contents of file
Less detail
Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Scope & Content
File consists of 3 newspaper article clippings: The Albertan, Tuesday October 17, 1950 (H38.5 x W10.5 cm) Banff Crag and Canyon, Wednesday May 18, 1960 (H28 x W38 cm, folded) Western Catholic Reporter, August 21, 1978 (H42 x W29 cm) Articles document: the wedding service of the niece of Father McGu…
Date Range
1950-1978
Reference Code
M460 / I / B / 3-5
Description Level
5 / File
GMD
Textual record
Published record
Newspaper clipping
Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Description Level
5 / File
Fonds Number
M460
Series
M460 / I / : St. Mary's Parish
Sous-Fonds
M460
Sub-Series
M460 / I / B : Newspaper Clippings
Accession Number
2018.9000
Reference Code
M460 / I / B / 3-5
GMD
Textual record
Published record
Newspaper clipping
Date Range
1950-1978
Physical Description
0.05 cm of textual records (3 pages ; 29 x 42 cm or smaller)
Scope & Content
File consists of 3 newspaper article clippings:
The Albertan, Tuesday October 17, 1950 (H38.5 x W10.5 cm)
Banff Crag and Canyon, Wednesday May 18, 1960 (H28 x W38 cm, folded)
Western Catholic Reporter, August 21, 1978 (H42 x W29 cm)
Articles document: the wedding service of the niece of Father McGuinness, which he officiated; the visit of Governor-General Georges Vanier and wife to Banff, who attended Mass at St. Mary's Parish and is photographed with Father McGuinness; and, the unveiling of a memorial plaque for Father McGuinness' contributions to St. Mary's Parish.
Notes
Each article is annotated (unknown by whom)
Name Access
McGuinness, Robert J.
Subject Access
Banff
Banff Crag and Canyon
Banff National Park
Buildings
Churches
Community life
Marriage
Memorial
Newspaper
Religions
St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church
Professional and Personal Life
The Albertan
Western Catholic Reporter
Government
Geographic Access
Alberta
Banff
Banff National Park
Canada
Language
English
Category
Government
Religions
Family and personal life
Title Source
Title based on contents of file
Less detail
Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Scope & Content
Series consists of: one postcard inside a protective cover (H9 x W14.5 cm) one hand-written note (H14.5 x W15 cm) one 13-page hand-written memoir/family history by Oswald A. McGuinness (H28 x W21.5 cm) one envelope (H40 x W23 cm) Content includes: McGuinness family tree; history of the McGuinness f…
Date Range
1953-1977
Reference Code
M460 / II / 1-4
Description Level
3 / Series
GMD
Postcard
Private record
Textual record
Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Description Level
3 / Series
Fonds Number
M460
Series
M460 / II : McGuinness Family
Sous-Fonds
M460
Accession Number
2018.9000
Reference Code
M460 / II / 1-4
GMD
Postcard
Private record
Textual record
Date Range
1953-1977
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records (16 pages ; 23 x 40 cm or smaller)
Scope & Content
Series consists of:
one postcard inside a protective cover (H9 x W14.5 cm)
one hand-written note (H14.5 x W15 cm)
one 13-page hand-written memoir/family history by Oswald A. McGuinness (H28 x W21.5 cm)
one envelope (H40 x W23 cm)
Content includes: McGuinness family tree; history of the McGuinness family and their time in Belleville, Ontario; Robert's role as inspecting engineer in the Banff Springs expansion; Robert's artwork on the CPR postcard depicting the spiral tunnels; and the envelope that was used to gift the above items to the Whyte Museum
Notes
Oswald A. McGuinness is the younger brother of Father Robert McGuinness. Oswald was a surveyor and helped build the road from Invermere to Calgary, and he lived in Invermere
The McGuinness family tree goes back to Oswald and Robert's great-grandparents, from Ireland to England and then to Ontario
In the hand-written note, which is undated and the author is unknown although it is possible that it was written by Flora McGuinness when she gave it to Mark Nightingale, an association between Robert and the building of the Bow River Bridge is made
Mark Nightingale also gifted 3 newspaper clippings located in M460 / I / B / 3-5
M460 / II / 1 : created by the Canadian Pacific Railway
M460 / II / 3 : created by Oswald A. McGuinness
Name Access
McGuinness, Robert J.
McGuinness, Oswald A.
Subject Access
Family and personal life
Banff
Art
Canadian Pacific Railway
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Geographic Access
Alberta
Banff
Banff National Park
Canada
Ontario
Language
English
Creator
Canadian Pacific Railway
McGuinness, Oswald A.
Category
Arts
Family and personal life
Religions
Title Source
Title based on contents of file
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