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  • 1 James Smith

    James Avon Smith was born in Macduff, Banfshire, Scotland. He emigrated to Canada in 1851 and apprenticed with William Thomas (c. 1799-1860). He then went on, in 1870, to form a partnership with his former student, John Gemmell (1851-1915). The firm of Smith & Gemmell designed many of Toronto’s churches, including: Berkeley Street Wesleyan Methodist Church (Toronto, 1871, now an entertainment venue); Church of the Redeemer (Toronto, 1878); St. Paul’s Methodist, now United (Toronto, 1886); Immanuel Baptist Church (Toronto, 1889, demolished); and Dublin Street United Church (Guelph, 1874-76).

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