Publication Detail

A Catalogue of the John M. Lyle Collection of Architectural Books

Robert D. Hamilton
Additional Contributors:  Megan J. Hobson and Sharon L. Vattay
Published by Heritage Hamilton Foundation, 1994
Price: $2.50, plus packaging & postage

  • Includes preface by Stephen A. Otto
  • Includes introduction by Megan J. Hobson and Sharon L. Vattay
  • ISBN 0-9698929-0-X
  • 38 Pages
  • Soft cover



John M. Lyle

John M. Lyle was born in 1872 in Belfast, Ireland and brought to Canada in 1878 settling in Hamilton where his father, Samuel Lyle, became the minister of Central Presbyterian Church.  He began his artistic training at the Hamilton Art School.  He trained as an architect at Yale and the Ecole des Beaux-art in Paris.

He designed more than 100 historic buildings across Canada including Union Station and the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Central Presbyterian Church, the High Level Bridge in Hamilton, several banks across Canada and the commemorative arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. 

His work in urban and regional planning made him a leader in the City Beautiful movement.

In 1942, John Lyle donated his entire collection of architectural books to the Hamilton Public Library.  This publication provides a list of those books as well as illustrations, a preface by Stephen A. Otto and an introduction about the man and his career.


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