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Manitoba Organization: Manitoba Association of Architects

The Manitoba Association of Architects was established at a meeting of some 35 architects on 25 May 1906 in the Manitoba Hall at 291-295 Portage Avenue (now since demolished). A constitution was adopted, by-laws began to be written, and a founding slate of officers was elected: Samuel Frank Peters (President), John Hamilton Gordon Russell (First Vice-President), Charles Henry Wheeler (Second Vice-President), L. T. Bristow (Treasurer), and Walter Percy Over (Secretary), with John Danley Atchison, James Chisholm, William Alexander Elliott, Joseph Greenfield, and Samuel Hooper as Directors. The new organization’s first annual meeting was held on 16 November 1906.

Presidents

Year

President

1906-1907

Samuel Frank Peters (1847-1926)

1908-1909

Samuel Hooper (1851-1911)

1909-1910

Joseph Greenfield (1845-1910)

1910-1911

John Hamilton Gordon Russell (1863-1946)

1911-1912

John Danley Atchison (1870-1959)

1912-1913

William Fingland (1862-1946)

1913-1914

?

1914-1915

Herbert Edward Matthews (1867-1941)

1915-1916

Walter Percy Over (1874-1944)

1916-1917

?

1917-1919

Ralph Benjamin Pratt (1872-1950)

1919-1920

?

1920-1921

?

1921-1922

John Nelson Semmens (1879-1960)

1922-1923

John Walker Smart (1872-1941)

1923-1924

George William Northwood (1877-1959)

1924-1925

?

1925-1926

?

1926-1927

John Manuel (1879-1933)

1927-1928

Gilbert C. Parfitt (1887-1966)

1928-1929

Cyril William Upton Chivers (1879-1969)

1929-1930

Edward Parkinson (1878-1953)

1930-1931

James William Hawker (?-?)

1931-1932

?

1932-1933

Arthur Edward Cubbidge (1881-1952)

1933-1934

?

1934-1937

Lawrence John Green (1899-1969)

1937-1938

Herbert Henry Gatenby Moody (1903-1991)

1938-1939

?

1939-1940

Edgar Prain (1881-1958)

1940-1941

?

1941-1942

?

1942-1943

Gilbert C. Parfitt (1887-1966)

1943-1944

Robert E. Moore (1909-?)

1944-1945

Ewart Fitz Munn (1885-1968)

1945-1946

Lawrence John Green (1899-1969)

1946-1947

George Garpar Teeter (1874-1949)

1947-1949

Herbert Henry Gatenby Moody (1903-1991)

1949-1950

Eric William Thrift (1912-1995)

1950-1951

Gordon Leslie Russell (1901-1977)

1951-1955

?

1955-1956

Cecil Nathan Blankstein (1908-1989)

1956-1961

Ernest John Smith (1919-2004)

1961-1962

?

1962-1963

Stewart Eric Lindgren (1920-1994)

1963-1964

?

1964-1966

James Ewart “Jim” Whenham (1922-2006)

1966-1967

Dennis H. Carter (1920-2012)

1967-1971

?

1971-1972

Michael David “Mike” Rattray (1931-2022)

1972-1974

Marshall Ernest Haid (1937-2012)

1974-1975

?

1975-1976

William Donald “Don” Baldwin (1925-2006)

1976-1977

?

1977-1978

Gordon William McGarva (c1936-2019)

1978-1981

?

1981-1982

John Robert Davenall Turner (1937-1990)

1982-1998

?

1998-1999

Stephen Carl “Steve” Cohlmeyer (1946-2021)

?

George Andrew Stewart (1922-1994)

?

Melville James “Jim” McFeetors (1933-2014)

?

Michael J. Cox

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Swiss Building (137 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Architectural Survey of Rural Manitoba (1964-1968)

Memorable Manitobans: Architects of Manitoba

Sources:

“Architects form an association,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 May 1906, page 8.

“Manitoba Association of Architects”, The Canadian Architect and Builder, Volume 19, Issue 12, Page 190, December 1906.

“Architects attend annual banquet,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 December 1909, page 20.

“Architects hold annual meeting,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 November 1910, page 24.

“Architects meet,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 September 1912, page 24.

“Semmens hears architects,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 January 1921, page 5.

“Architects elect,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 January 1922, page 15.

“Manitoba architects elect new officers,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 January 1922, page 3.

“Manitoba architects elect new officers,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 January 1926, page 5.

Editorial note, Manitoba Free Press, 19 January 1928, page 9.

“Egyptian glory is featured at Beaux Arts ball,” The Manitoban, 15 February 1935, page 4.

“Architects elect Prain as President,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 January 1939, page 16.

“G. Parfitt to head architects' society,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 1942, page 3.

“Building backlog,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 January 1946, page 4.

“Moody elected S.A.S. President,” The Manitoban, 6 February 1948, page 8.

“Two faculties bid farewell to 1949 graduating class,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 March 1949, page 13.

“Architects elect G. L. Russell,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 January 1950, page 13.

“President returned,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1965, page 22.

“Architect hopes built on projects in the wind,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 January 1981, page 13.

Obituary [Gordon William McGarva], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 2019.

We thank Robert Hill for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 November 2022

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