Marion MacRae

Marion MacRae was a leading architectural and design historian known particularly for series of books on the history of architecture in Ontario written in collaboration with Anthony Adamson: The Ancestral Roof, Hallowed Walls, and Cornerstones Of Order. For her work on these books Ms. MacRae was awarded a Governor General’s Literary Award (1975), a Lieutenant Governors Award (1998), and her investiture as a Member of the Order of Canada (1982).

Ms. MacRae taught at the Ontario Collage of Art from 1949 until her retirement in 1986 where she was known for her approachable personality and teaching style. She also taught History of Canadian Architecture at the University of Toronto on a part-time basis from 1973 to 1978. She was a member of the American Society of Architectural Historians, of the National Trust (U.K.), the Ontario Historical Society and the Victorian Society of England.

Marion MacRae was involved in the development of Upper Canada Village, the Jordan Museum of Twenty, and many other projects. She also acted as a Special Research Consultant to the Dundurn Castle restoration project.

Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

Cornerstones Of Order: Courthouses And Town Halls Of Ontario, 1784 – 1914 (Toronto: Osgoode Society and Clarke, Irwin & Company, 1992), pp. 283 (with Anthony Adamson).