Photo Du Jour – October 26, 2005 – Works Of Albert J. Lothian

October 26, 2005

During the 1920’s & 1930’s one of Windsor’s pre-eminent local Architects was Albert James Lothian.

Lothian was born in Scotland in 1895, and moved to Canada early on. He came to Windsor after returning from WWI.

Albert Lothian c. 1920 – Photo courtesy of his daughter Jean Kalich

He was one of Windsor’s more unique residential architects as seen in the following houses. According to his daughter he also designed some houses in the Grosse Pointe area from his Detroit office.

This house was built around 1928, and was home to an executive at Hobbs Plate Glass

This house dates to 1927, built for local Dentist Dr. Brick. The house is still in the family and is owned by Frank Brick, the son of Dr. Brick. Frank is visible on the porch in this one. A very nice man, he gave me a tour of the inside a few years ago.

This house was built for G.G. Kew in 1927. Kew was an executive for the Ford Motor Co. of Canada.

In 1926, he built this house for himself and his family along Riverside Drive.

He also designed some apartment buildings around Windsor, some of which have been demolished.

This one built in 1927 still stands. It is slightly altered as the retail shops on the ground floor have been bricked in and converted to residential.

This vacant warehouse on Riverside Dr. is also a Lothian.

It was once home to the Monarch Liquor Co. I can only assume that they went under during Prohibition, as I have never been able to locate any information on them.

Where Lothian really seemed to find his nice thought was with the Roman Catholic Church.

He designed this building at Assumption College in 1927, now part of the University Of Windsor. Dillon Hall as the building is now known, is kind of the central stately old building on campus.

He also designed this School Building for the East Windsor School Board in 1930. St. Bernard’s is now threatened with demolition, it is Windsor’s only Art Deco school building.

The crown jewel of his remaining Windsor work has to be the Former St. Claire’s R.C. church on Tecumseh Rd.

Built in 1930, it is Canada’s only known Art Deco Church.

Lothian designed ever facet of the church, right down to the Art Deco Pews

While the interior is quite plain, the Art Deco styling is remarkable.

Shortly after St. Claire’s was completed, with the area suffering from the effects of the Depression, Lothian loaded his family up on his yacht and planned to kick off and sail around the world. They got as far as Nassau, Bahamas, where he decided to settle with his family.

He immediately fell back in with the church and designed many of their structures in the Bahamas. He also designed the local market building, and helped develop early resorts on Paradise Island (now home to Atlantis).

He split his time in later years between Nassau and Cuernayaca, Mexico. According to his obituary, he was in the middle of two large development projects in Cuernayaca, Mexico at the time of his passing in 1952.

8 Responses to Photo Du Jour – October 26, 2005 – Works Of Albert J. Lothian

  1. EZ on October 26, 2005 at 11:17 pm

    Nice shots & great info Andrew. Keep ‘em coming…

  2. Brandon Kahlich on December 26, 2005 at 5:17 pm

    Really enjoyed your brief history of my Great Grandfather. I would love to be of some help if i can for any further info that you may need concerning his stay in Mexico.

    Please feel free to contact me at any time

    Brandon Kahlich

  3. International Metropolis » 911 Prado on January 9, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    [...] While impossible to verify, due to the excellent historical record keeping of the City of Riverside, it really does look to me like one of the works of architect Albert J. Lothian. While not the only local architect who worked with clinker bricks, he was one of the few who did comissions for the average man, and this is in the area of town he lived and worked in. [...]

  4. Randolph Lothian on August 2, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    Hello, Our great Grandfather had family when he came from Scottland. They all went seperate ways to find work once they reached the Detroit area. Do you know much of Alberts liniage? Would be nice to find some family to chat with Randy

  5. [...] a look at one of the grand old churches in the city core. This one like Immaculate Conception, and St. Claire’s, were the victim’s of the Bishop’s “Great Church Purge of [...]

  6. [...] while the fifth is listed as circa 1929. ¬†We saw the M. G. Brick House — English Revival (architect Albert J. Lothian), the H. C. Beckett House — English Revival (architect H. C. Beckett), the L. Butcher House [...]

  7. Harriet on September 16, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I am interested in a home at 3424 Victoria Ave. in Windsor. It states that it is a Albert Lothian home. Are you familiar with this address.

    Thank you for your attention

  8. Bruce Richards on December 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Do you have any information about an adobe style house on Church Street in windsor Ontario. We suspect Mr. Lothian may have designed this home and possibly even lived in it. Any information you may have would be greatly appreciated. My dad grew up in this house.

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