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Living Spaces:The Architecture
of Fred Thornton Hollingsworth

Maple Ridge Art Gallery
Maple Ridge BC Sep 3-30, 2004

Fred Thornton Hollingsworth - Tretheway Residence, Abbotsford
Fred Thornton Hollingsworth, Tretheway Residence, Abbotsford (1959), [Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge BC, Sep 3-30]

Curator Greg Bellerby explores the career of Vancouver architect Fred Hollingsworth with an exhibit of photographs and original drawings. The architectural perspectives show Hollingsworth's skill with hand-drawing and colouring before CAD became the norm for architectural design.

Hollingsworth's residential plans exemplify the wave of modernist thinking in Vancouvers architectural community that became known as West Coast Style. The residences he built in the Capilano Highland Development from 1946 on reflected the communitys attempt to be self-contained yet unique in its stylistic approaches. They incorporated open floor plans, high-pitched ceilings, radiant floor heating, textured materials like cedar and stone, and were closely integrated with the natural surroundings of the North Vancouver rain forest. He also designed larger structures, such as the Law building at the University of British Columbia. His work is greatly influenced by the American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Hollingsworth has lived and practiced in the Vancouver area since emigrating from England in 1929. He articled with Sharp & Thompson, Berwick, Pratt from 1946 to 1951, and afterwards was a design associate with W.H. Birmingham until 1958. In the early 1960s, he partnered with Barry Downs for three years. Since 1966 he has run his own firm and continues to be in active practice at the age of 87. Coinciding with this exhibit, a book has been written about Hollingsworths career. A heritage tour of many houses designed by Hollingsworth in the 1950s, including his own, can be found through the District of North Vancouver's website at http://www.dnv.org/article.asp.

Mia Johnson

 Mon, Sep 13, 2004