John Di Castri

Canadian 1924-2005

Blue, Gray, Yellow Composition 1962 Watercolour on paper 27 x 35 Gift of JoAnne Di Castri

Blue, Gray, Yellow Composition 1962
Watercolour on paper
27 x 35
Gift of JoAnne Di Castri

Born and raised in Victoria, John Di Castri began his career with the BC Department of Public Works in the 1940s. At the University of Oklahoma he studied with Bruce Goff a former student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Di Castri opened his own architecture practice in Victoria in 1952 and became a renowned West Coast Modern designer. Some of his 1960s contributions include the Royal Trust building – now the Mosaic – on Fort Street (1963), the parkade on the north side of Centennial Square, and the Crystal Pool (1971). He was also a talented artist in drawing and painting with some of his abstract compositions depicting architectural elements.