ERA Architects

Edwin recieves RAIC fellowship

Congratulations to Edwin for recently being named to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada College of Fellows. The following is from a recently published document by the RAIC:

Edwin Rowse, a founding partner in ERA Architects Inc., is well known for his thoughtful and hands-on approach to architectural practice and in particular his dedication to the conservation of many of Canada’s National Historic Sites. Educated abroad, he received a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons.) from the University of Edinburgh in 1974 and has worked in both Europe and Canada.

In addition to his thorough understanding of building construction, Edwin has a unique and comprehensive expertise in the discipline of heritage conservation. His knowledge covers a broad range of historical building types, architectural styles, construction technologies and techniques as well as decorative finishes; this skill is displayed in the quality of every project he undertakes. His dedication is evident in the numerous design, conservation and planning awards received by ERA Architects.

Edwin is also well known for the considerate way he practices architecture. He has a reputation amongst his colleagues, clients and contractors as being modest and mild-mannered, yet devoutly committed to the highest standards of design and construction. His approach to restoring and conserving Canada’s built heritage incorporates the architectural, historic and social value of the building and its surrounding environment. This sensitive, yet pragmatic approach reflects Edwin’s integrity and his commitment to architecture and the story it tells about our past. This strength of character is further illustrated in the many young architects he has mentored; to whom he has generously passed on his commitment to thoughtful design and conservation as well as his social conscience.

Tub Restoration

Scott’s “standing waste” and corner tub restoration is now completed and functional. The project started with Scott separately purchasing a ca 1910 salvaged standing waste assembly and a glazed cast iron corner tub for installation into his house. The tub finish was damaged and needed to be reglazed. The standing waste needed a complete overhaul, including new nickel plating, replacement of the valve seats, fashioning new parts to fit it the salvaged element with the tub and installation into a new location.

Standing waste and drain tub valves (or Bi-transit drains) were common around the turn of the century. The free standing pipes include a manifold yoke at the centre which directs water from the hot and cold water pipes into the tub through a bell shaped spout mounted on the tub wall. The central post labeled waste contains the overflow, a pipe within a pipe connected to the tub drain – when the waste post is down, the two pipes form a seal at the bottom. Water fills the outer pipe as the tub fills, and overflows through holes punched into the inner pipe leading to the drain. When the waste post is lifted then the two pipes separate at the bottom and the tub is allowed to empty.

Corner tubs were available with the sloped portion (to fit your back) located against the wall requiring a standing waste, or with feet to the wall which required simpler taps mounted on the wall. Corner tubs became less common with the rise in popularity of the shower.