Fonds F43 - Alex Hermann fonds

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Alex Hermann fonds

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  • 1942-1993 (Creation)

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4.0 m of textual records
2407 sheets of architectural drawings
391 photographs: b&w and colour

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Alexander D. Hermann was born in Moscow, Russia on September 16, 1918. He attended elementary and high school in Karlsruhe and Berlin, Germany and attended university in Berlin and Dresden. After graduating from university in 1942, Hermann worked in Germany in various positions: stage designer with the Berlin Volksoper; architect planner with the City of Wiesbaden; technical director with the Department of Reconstruction in Wiesbaden and architect in private practice.

After emigrating to Canada in 1952, Hermann worked briefly as an assistant architect at the Canadian National Railways Headquarters in Montreal, Quebec before moving to Regina, Saskatchewan. He became an architect-engineer with the Regina firm of H.K. Black. Hermann became an associate with Black, Larson, McMillan & Associates (1957), then partner with Black, Larson, McMillan & Partners (1963). In 1972 Hermann became a partner with BLM Architects and in 1976 became a partner/director with BLM Architects Ltd. of Regina. Hermann retired from BLM and the profession in 1990, residing in Regina until his death on December 23, 2000.

During his career, Hermann was active in numerous architectural associations and organizations. He served as president of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects (SAA); chairman of the Task Force for a new School of Architecture and Design at the University of Regina (1968); and co-chairman of the Host Committee for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Annual Assembly. He was a member of the Community Planning Association of Canada and the Association of Preservation Technology. He also served as editor-in-chief of Historic Architecture in Saskatchewan, published in 1986.

Hermann's community involvement included membership on the Senates of the University of Saskatchewan (1968 to 1974) and University of Regina. He served on committees of the Regina Community College and the Regina Chamber of Commerce for Downtown and Education and was president of the German-Canadian Harmonie Club of Regina. Hermann was appointed Vice Chairman of the Saskatchewan Heritage Advisory Board in 1983.

Hermann received numerous awards for distinguished professional service, including a fellowship in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (1976); an Award of Honor from Heritage Canada for his work in the restoration of Government House in Regina (1982) and the first Distinguished Service Award from the Saskatchewan Association of Architects (1993).

Hermann and his wife, Ingeborg, had two children: Diann and Richard.

Custodial history

Rick Hermann, son of Alex Hermann, donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in one accession in 1997: R97-275 (May 30, 1997).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1942 to 1993 by Alex Hermann of Regina, Saskatchewan. The records relate mainly to Hermann's architectural career and involvement with various architectural and community organizations. A small volume of personal records is included.

The types of records included are correspondence, memoranda, minutes, financial statements, newsletters, newspaper clippings, invitations, postcards, reports, architectural drawings, presentation drawings, slides and photographs.

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds. The headings assigned to the records in 1998 are: Project Files; University of Regina Architecture and Design Program; Saskatchewan Heritage Advisory Board; Royal Architectural Institute of Canada; Heritage Canada Foundation; BLM Architects Ltd.; German-Canadian Harmonie Club, Regina; Alexander Hermann files; Saskatchewan Association of Architects; Miscellaneous; Architectural Drawings and Photographs and Slides.

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Records are open for research use.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms of an agreement with the donor dated August 14, 1998 and the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 67 (old guide GR 614) consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records and item descriptions of architectural drawings. Preliminary descriptions of photographs and slides are available. Item descriptions of architectural drawings are available in electronic format. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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Other codes: Textual records: old guide GR 614 (R-1653); Architectural Drawings: R-P72

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