Fonds RBSC-ARC-1654 - W. Randle Iredale fonds

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W. Randle Iredale fonds

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68.7 cm of textual records and other materials.

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Biographical history

Born in Calgary in 1929, W. Randle Iredale relocated to Vancouver prior to completing his high school education. In the Spring of 1953, Iredale married Kathryn Iredale at Hart House at the University of Toronto. He graduated from the UBC School of Architecture in 1955. He was a Member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) from 1958 till 1999 when he retired. Since the 1960s, he was a founding partner of Rhone & Iredale Architects for 20 years and from the 1980s, he became a managing partner of The Iredale Partnership for another 20 years. He participated in numerous architectural projects, notably the Development project at Portage Mountain, the Sedgewick Undergraduate Library at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver’s Park Site 19 Project, and the Systems Control Center at Simon Fraser University. Randle Iredale passed away in 2000.

Custodial history

The fonds was transferred to the University of British Columbia’s Rare Books and Special Collections from Kathyrn Iredale in November 2007 and was formally gifted by Richard Iredale in 2009.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of records reflective of W. Randle Iredale’s career as a professional architect, spanning approximately 1955 to 2000, predominant between 1960-1970. Specific projects that are reflected in the records include: the Portage Mountain Development Project, Hydro Tourist Lookout, Downtown Stadium Centennial, Westcoast Transmission Building, UBC Sedgewick Undergraduate Library, Vancouver Downtown Stadium, Vancouver’s Park Site 19 Project and St. Francis Construction Project.

A large portion of the material is reflective of the Portage Mountain Development Project, a large hydro-electric project at Portage Mountain in north-east British Columbia. The following projects, which were all part of the Portage Mountain Development Project, are reflected in the fonds: the Portage Mountain Lookout Building, Portage Mountain Control Building, Portage Mountain Power House, Hudson’s Hope Housing and George W. Pearkes Elementary School.
Records are arranged generally according to project, keeping the original filing system of the creator.

The majority of the fonds consists of photographs, negatives, slides and architectural drawings pertaining to project sites, spanning primarily from the 1960s to the 1990s. Textual records in the fonds primarily consist of correspondence, publicity material and publications pertaining to the projects completed by Rhone & Iredale Architect and the Iredale Partnership.

The fonds is arranged into the following series: Portage Mountain Lookout Building; Hydro Tourist Lookout; Downtown Stadium Centennial; Westcoast Transmission Building; UBC Sedgewick Undergraduate Library; Vancouver Downtown stadium; Vancouver’s Park Site 19 Project; Hudson’s Hope Housing and School; and architectural drawings.

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W. Randle Iredale fonds finding aid, SFU Rare Books and Special Collections, 2000.

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Sources: Iredale, Kathryn and Martineau, Sheila. Finding a good fit: the life & work of Architect Rand Iredale, Blueimprint, Vancouver, Canada, 2008. W. Randle Iredale fonds finding aid, prepared by Laszlo, Krisztina et al, SFU Rare Books and Special Collections, 2000. (date of access: 05 June 2009)

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