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Memorable Manitobans: David Wynyard Bellhouse (1861-1952)

Farmer, architect.

Born at Sale, Manchester, England on 22 April 1861, son of Richard Taylor Bellhouse and Ida Elizabeth Wynyard, he was educated at Stuttgart, Germany and Neuchatel, Switzerland then studied architecture at Bruges, Belgium. He came to Manitoba in 1883 and farmed at Cypress River until 1897. He came to Winnipeg and, for the next four years, worked in the engineering department of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He worked in the office of Samuel Hooper and commenced work as an architect on his own account in 1906. On 24 March 1886, he married Emma Mary Stacpoole (1866-1936) of Cypress River. They had two sons, Richard Wynyard Bellhouse (1891-1916) and Edward A. Bellhouse (1896-1965). He was an avid cricket player, playing on the city championship team in 1903. He was a member of the Anglican church. He died at his residence in Fort Garry Court on 29 October 1952 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

MacNab and Roberts Warehouse

118-122 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg

1903

Demolished (?)

Christ Church

25 Second Street SW, Portage la Prairie

1903

 

McLean House

290 Boyd Avenue, Winnipeg

1904

 

Cadillac Block

421 Qu’Appelle Avenue, Winnipeg

1907-1908

 

Winnipeg Cricket Club Pavilion

Broadway, Winnipeg

1907

Demolished (?)

Royal Bowling Alley

Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

1907

Demolished (?)

Sanderson House

252 Kingsway, Winnipeg

1907

 

Quo Vadis Apartments / Roxy Apartments

405-409 Qu’Appelle Avenue, Winnipeg

1908

Demolished (?)

Jenkins House

67 Middle Gate, Winnipeg

1908

 

Hegan House

188 Yale Avenue, Winnipeg

1909

 

William T. Armstrong House

804 Preston Avenue, Winnipeg

1909

 

Hunt House

43 Middle Gate, Winnipeg

1909

 

William G. Styles House

97 Academy Road, Winnipeg

1909

Demolished (circa 1939)

Chevrier House

22 Middle Gate, Winnipeg

1909

 

Stratford Hall

285 College Avenue, Winnipeg

1909

 

Henderson Building

332 Bannatyne Street, Winnipeg

1910

 

Ashford Block

381 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg

1910

 

Dingle Brothers Warehouse

Stanley Street, Winnipeg

1910

Demolished (?)

Edgett House

276 Harvard Avenue, Winnipeg

1910

 

Burrows, Stewart and Milne Warehouse

130 James Street, Winnipeg

1910

 

Dagg House

39 West Gate, Winnipeg

1911

 

J. C. McNab House

St. Vital, Winnipeg

1911

 

Henry J. Box House

Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg

1911

 

Reliance Ink Company Factory

McGree Street, Winnipeg

1911

 

Winnipeg Sanatorium

Desalaberry Avenue, Winnipeg

1911

 

Coronado Apartments

485 Furby Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Horn House

131 West Gate, Winnipeg

1912

 

Crump Block

Charlotte Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Coronado Apartments

Furby Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church

836 Arlington Street, Winnipeg

1913

 

John D. Burnham House

333 Yale Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

Gaults Limited Warehouse

Gomez Street, Winnipeg

1913

 

Martin, Bole and Wynne Warehouse

576 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

 

St. Thomas Anglican Church

1567 William Avenue West, Winnipeg

1923

 

Dr. W. Pirt House

227 Waverley Street, Winnipeg

1923

 

Henry Gauer House

1095 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg

1929

 

Sources:

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

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

“D. W. Bellhouse, ex-city architect, dies at age 91,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 October 1952, page 16.

Henderson Building (332 Bannatyne Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, March 2005.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada: 1800-1950.

We thank Jim Busby for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 October 2019

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