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HARDING, Elizabeth Lalor

Toronto, Ontario, ca 1900
Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1961
Biography synopsis
In 1927 Elizabeth Lalor Harding became the third woman to graduate with a B.Arch. from the University of Toronto. She worked on residential projects in the office of William Lyon Somerville, Architect, Toronto, from 1927-1930. Of note is her work on "Dunedin," a farmhouse transformed into a summer residence on Lake Joseph, Muskoka, which she documented in the July 1929 issue of Canadian Homes and Gardens. In the same year Harding spoke at the Art Gallery of Toronto on the development of a Canadian style in architecture. After marrying American architect Carroll Harding in 1930 she moved to Massachusetts. Harding worked in the office of Page and Steele, Architects, Toronto in 1941, before returning to Massachusetts. (I. Puchalski)
Media used
University of Toronto, 1923 - 1927
File & Archive locations
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
University of Toronto, ON - Archives and Records Management Services
Virginia Tech, VA - International Archive of Women in Architecture

Writings about
"Canadian Style in Architecture Discussed by a Woman Architect." Daily Mail and Empire (Toronto) 9 Feb. 1929: 14
"Fair Co-Eds Invade 'Man's Realm'." Star (Toronto) 4 April 1925: 17
"Would Put Cupboards in the Correct Place: Miss B.M. Lalor, Graduates as Architect, with Wide Field of Effort." Star (Toronto) 8 June 1927: 2
Grierson, Joan and the For the Record Committee, eds. For the Record: The First Women in Canadian Architecture. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2008
University of Toronto. For the Record: Ontario Women Graduates in Architecture, 1920-1960. Exhibition. 1986
Virginia Tech.. "IAWA Database Information for Elizabeth Labor Harding." International Archive of Women in Architecture July 2017

Writings by
Lalor, Elizabeth, B. Arch.. "The Ugly Duckling: the Old Fairy-tale has a Modern Application in the Transformation of a Muskoka Farmhouse into a Spacious and Attractive Summer Home." Canadian Homes and Gardens 6.7 (July 1929): 36-37

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