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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 16 (6)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 16
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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 16

Alexandre Mercil

Every wheel, in order to turn properly, must be well rounded, and possess sturdy spokes. An important cog in the huge wheel of the architectural firm of John and Drew Eberson is Alexandre Mercil, chief draftsman, chief supervisor, and over-all consultant in all phases of theatre and building construction.

Born on February 18, 1892, in Longueuil, Province of Quebec, Canada, Mercil received his primary education and early architectural training while working hard at various building trades to support himself.

When his initial schooling was completed, he served a fouryear apprenticeship between the offices of Joseph Perrault, a Canadian architect, and the oHice of the architectural division

of the Canadian Pacific Railway. His work consisted mainly of .

schools, churches, post offices, apartments, hotels, and railroad stations. He continued his studies in architecture while serving

his apprenticeship.

Later, Mercil worked for the architectural firm of Painter and Swales in Montreal and Vancouver, British Columbia. While here, he continued his studies at HAtelier Swales", a Canadian branch of the Beaux Arts Society of Architects School of Design of New York City. Some years later, while in Vancouver, he worked on the plans and details of a large hotel. He later worked on the plans of a railroad station in the oflice of Ross and McDonald, Montreal.

In the summer of 1919, he joined the staff of the Board of Education, Akron, 0., and for two years worked on the. plans and designs of several schools in that city.

He later joined the forces of the Bureau of Architecture of the School Board in Chicago as assistant chief designer, and for approximately five years carried out the designs of many

schools and auditoriums. While in this capacity, Mercil became acquainted with the office of John Eberson, and did much parttime work on many theatres and buildings, an outstanding example of which is the Mellie Esperson building, a $3,500,000 edifice in Houston, Tex.

In 1926, Mercil joined the Eberson firm as chief draftsman, and has continued to hold that position to the present day. When the extent of Mercilis training came to light, he was given the responsibility of traveling to far-off places to prepare sketches for prospective theatres. He would then return home, and prepare plans and specifications, then later on again visit the scene of construction as chief supervisor.

One of his best is the Rex, Paris, a house that withstood the wrath of the conquering Nazis, for which Mercil handled sketches, plans, and specifications, as well as supervision.

Alexandre MerciFs practical training, blended with that of John and Drew Eberson has, for the past 22 years, produced some of the most beautiful theatres and office buildings in the world, and they are today concerned with the planning and construction of many domestic and foreign projects that will outshine anything and everything they have done in the past.

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