Thomson and A.Y. Jackson moved into Studio One on the ground floor while carpenters were putting finishing touches on the floors above. The Studio Building opened January 1914.
"We had much to talk about; he would tell me about canoe trips, wild life, fishing, things about which I knew nothing. In turn I would talk to him of Europe, the art schools. famous paintings I had seen and the Impressionist School which I admired. He had an intuitive appreciation of what was good in painting, but part from what was being done in Canada, there were few examples of the work of contemporary artists to be seen."
- A.Y. Jackson