William Lett

What defines uniqueness and quality of a city or community? A first impression, most lasting, is often the sense of community and physical design. A city is, first and foremost, buildings whose purpose is to facilitate comfort, function and creativity to those who inhabit it. If architecture and humanity enjoy a happy marriage, it follows that community will be a vital and proud experience.

Over the past 40 years, much of Peterborough’s physical beauty and appeal is the product of the mind of William Lett.

Bill’s introduction to Peterborough came in 1960’s when invited to work with Ron Thom on Trent University’s master plan. He soon added his architectural artistry to the design of Champlain, Lady Eaton and Peter Robinson Colleges. Since establishing his own practice, Bill has given form to numerous Peterborough homes, businesses and public buildings. Remarkable examples of his work include Showplace Peterborough, Royal and Princess Gardens, Fairhaven and Otonabee River Trail Boathouse, just to skim the surface.

To create a setting in which community members can thrive, dream, hope and aspire, the fluidity of movement and design should meld into an appealing and functional physical reality. For that unique melding, the city of Peterborough owes an immense debt of gratitude to the creative vision of William Lett.

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