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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Henry Aldinger (1877-1942)

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A. H. Aldinger
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Building contractor.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany in June 1877, son of Frederick Aldinger and Marie Knorpp, the family emigrated to the United States in 1882 and settled in Indiana. He was educated at public schools there. In 1898 he graduated from Purdue University with a degree in civil engineering. He began working in the bridge construction department of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad then worked successively at the Chicago architectural firms of D. H. Burnham & Company and Well Brothers & Company. In 1907, he moved to Winnipeg and co-founded the construction firm of Carter-Halls-Aldinger Company. In 1904 he married Lucy E. Browne of Chicago. They had two children: Albert Frederick Aldinger and Cyrus Browne Aldinger. He was a member of the AF & AM (Ancient Landmark Lodge No. 3), the Scottish Rite Lodge of Perfection, and the Carleton Club. He was professionally connected with the Western Society of Engineers. In 1916 he moved to Detroit, Michigan where he organized the construction firm of Walbridge Aldinger, of which he was President. He died there on 9 February 1942.

Some of the Manitoba buildings that his firm constructed:

Building

Location

Year

Marshall-Wells Building

136 Market Avenue, Winnipeg

1905-1906

Casa Loma Building

644 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1909

McArthur Building / Childs Building

211 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1909-1910

Confederation Life Association Building

457 Main Street, Winnipeg

1912

Finnie and Murray Building

321 McDermot, Winnipeg

1912

McCormicks Limited Building

425 Henry Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

Delaval Warehouse / Ingaldson Building

128 James Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

Marshall Wells Warehouse [expansion]

136 Market Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

Winnipeg Electric Railway Building

213 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

1912-1913

Manitoba Free Press Building

300 Carlton Street, Winnipeg

1913

Olympia Hotel / Marlborough Hotel

331 Smith Street, Winnipeg

1913

St. Charles Hotel

235 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

Minto Armouries

969 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

Ramsay-Wright Building

Main Street North, Dauphin

1920-1921

New Hargrave Building

361 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg

1922

Canadian Pacific Railway Post Office Building

765 Main Street, Winnipeg

1924

Hudson’s Bay Company Building

450 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1925-1926

Pine Falls Paper Mill

Powerview-Pine Falls

1926-1927

Northern Electric Building

65 Rorie Street, Winnipeg

1928

Federal Building

269 Main Street, Winnipeg

1935-1936

Manitoba Sugar Company Plant

555 Hervo Street, Winnipeg

1939-1940

Service Flying Training School No. 33

RM of North Cypress

1940

Sources:

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“A. H. Aldinger, 66, Contractor, Dies in Detroit,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 February 1942.

We thank Monica Ball for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 November 2016

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