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Memorable Manitobans: Earle William Barber (1855-1915)


Born at Athens, Ontario, he arrived in Winnipeg before 1880 and was employed as a draughtsman for two years by his older brother, Charles A. Barber before forming the architectural partnership of Barber & Barber with him. They were active during the Winnipeg building boom from 1882 to 1884. Among their designs was the old Winnipeg City Hall (1883-1886). The brothers left Canada in late 1887 to establish new offices under the same business name, one in Duluth, Minnesota (operated by Charles) and the other in nearby Superior, Wisconsin (operated by Earle). Charles returned to Winnipeg in 1892 and resumed his architectural work but Earle remained in Superior for the remainder of his career. He died at Superior, Wisconsin on 27 November 1915.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada: 1800-1950.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 July 2015

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