Dama Lumly Bell

General Information

Occupation: Architect

Birth Country: Canada

Resident City: Stratford

Resident State/Province: Ontario

Resident Country: Canada

Notes: While living in Windsor, Bell met Eliel Saarinen, of the experince, Bell said: "He asked if I were married to an architect. When I said, 'No', he shook his head and said 'No hope.' He invited Alf (Alfred-her husband) and myself to visit his home in Cranbrook, Michigan. It was a fascinating experience."

Archive/Repository: IAWA Special Collections, Newman Library, Ms88-122, in the collection of Blanche Lemco van Ginkel

Sources: Biographical sketch found in the Blanche Lemco van Ginkel collection of the IAWA


No specialties on record


Employer: John T. Findlay, Architect

Title: Office staff

City: St. Thomas

State: Ontario

Country: Canada

Notes: Bell "held down the office while Mr. Findlay supervised the construction of the Ontario Mental Hospital."

Employer: Adam's Furniture Store

Title: Display Manager, consultant, and Interior decorator on the side

State: Ontario

Country: Canada


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Name: Queen's Jubilee Medal

Name: Order of Canada

Description: Awarded to Bell and her husband in recognition of their work for the Stratford Festival. They were the first couple to be so recognized.


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Notable Projects


City: Stratford

Country: Canada

Notes: Bell was the first president and building chairman of the new YWYMCA. Bell also organized the University Women's Club.


Institution: University of Toronto

Department: Architecture

Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

Notes: At the time of registration, Bell was a practicing elementary school teacher. In 1934, she completed the final year of architecture school, but did not have the required office experience needed for graduation


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Professional Affiliations

Organization: Stratford Festival

Notes: The Stratford Festival was held at the Bell Residence in 1952.

Organization: Canadian Housing Design Annual Competition

Role: Juror

Organization: Stratford Festival Board

Role: Honorary Secretary

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