Fonds BEMI - George Bemi fonds

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George Bemi fonds

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  • 1960-2006 (Creation)
    Bemi, George

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  • 1.36 m of textual records
  • ca. 640 photographs
  • ca. 7,000 architectural drawings
  • ca. 2,211 slides
  • ca. 130 negatives

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George Bemi was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1927. After returning from serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, George Bemi attended the University of Manitoba Architecture School. Upon graduation in 1951, George Bemi was employed by Defence Construction Ltd., and was transferred to Ottawa the following year. In 1955 Bemi became the Associate Partner of the Montreal architecture firm, Greenspoon, Freelander & Dunn. It was in 1957 that George Bemi went on to establish his own architecture firm in the national capital region, G.E. Bemi & Associates. Bemi was the sole practitioner of the firm with the exception of 1961 when he partnered with Tim Murray for one year. In 1989 Bemi's son James became a partner. With over fifty years experience, George Bemi has produced over 400 designs and built over 200 public and private sector buildings. Two of the most notable buildings include the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library which won the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Festival of Architecture Award of Merit in 1979. The other notable building that was designed by George Bemi was the Ottawa Congress Centre. Over the course of his career, George Bemi has been an active member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects (ORSA) and the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA).

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The accession was received on October 16, 2008 by the Carleton University Archives and Research Collections. No further accruals are expected.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of four series and are as follows: Reference material; George Bemi and Associates general business material; Personal correspondence, photographs, negatives and slides; and Projects. The sub-series contained within Projects series consist of: Apartments and hotels, Canadian Legions, Churches, Commercial, Financial institutions, Fire stations, Medical buildings, Office buildings, Ottawa Congress Centre, Ottawa Public Library, Private residences, Recreational facilities, Schools, and Miscellaneous.

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Architectural project plans (item level description) are located in the Architectural Drawings Database. 3,481 plans are described in the Architectural Drawings database.

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