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After graduating in May of 1951 with his architectural degree from McGill, he returned to the office of E. Stirling Blanchard to practice his profession. When Blanchard died in 1953, Toombs took over the practice and the projects which were then in progress. For the next four decades Jim Toombs designed and supervised numerous commercial, residential, religious, and public buildings in Charlottetown and the province.
With the exception of residential dwellings for which the split was more even, approximately 25% of these were for new structures while the other 75% were for alterations, renovations, or additions to existing buildings. The former included major projects such as the Active Treatment Centre and Nurses Residence at Falconwood Hospital (a project initially begun by Blanchard), Sunset Lodge Nursing Home, the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, buildings for the Commissioners of Sewers and Water Supply and the Workmens Compensation Board, St. Pius X and St. Marks Presbyterian churches in Sherwood, and homes for several prominent Charlottetown residents.
Renovation projects, as well as those to his own buildings, included some for buildings such as the Polyclinic, St. Stanislaus Convent in Kinkora, and St. Peter's Cathedral which had been designed by Blanchard or Harris as well as numerous conversions of residences to apartment dwellings and commercial offices.
Occasionally Toombs did work in neighbouring provinces such as the Bethel Presbyterian Church in Riverview, N.B. and the supervision of St. Joseph's Hospital in Glace Bay, N.S. He also supervised projects in Charlottetown for off-Island firms such as the new store in Charlottetown for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. and provided services of inspection and evaluation of buildings and properties.
Jim Toombs died on 30 April 1995 at the age of 77.
Scope and Content
The format of the first two series requires that they be housed separately until they can be flattened but the file listing incorporates the two series in order to present a more representative picture of each project. It is anticipated that eventually the folded plans (now housed in the working files) will form one series with the rolled plans and what remains in the working files will form the second series.
As well, the fonds contains six bound volumes of the Daily Examiner newspaper, 1885-1899, a volume of Goad Insurance Plans for Prince Edward Island, 1881 updated to 1910, and a collection of miscellaneous documents, photographs, and watercolours which belonged to E.S. Blanchard, including a cased daguerrotype of an Island military group, ca. 1855 and a family photograph of the Toombs family.
The series are as follows:
Series 1: Working files & specifications
Series 2: Rolled plans
Series 3: Inspections & evaluations
Series 4: Survey plans
Series 5: Daily Examiner
Series 6: Goad Insurance plans of Prince Edward Island
Series 7: E.S. Blanchard papers
Series 8: Toombs family photograph
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