Memorable Manitobans: Cecil Nathan “Nat” Blankstein (1908-1989)
Born at Winnipeg on 15 August 1908, son of Max Zev Blankstein and Laika “Lena” Goldin (1881-1959), brother of Evelyn Blankstein and Morley Blankstein, he graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1929 and worked for Gilbert Parfitt in the Manitoba Department of Public Works until 1931, when he formed a partnership with Lawrence John Green. The firm expanded with the addition of Gordon Leslie Russell and Ralph Carl Ham as partners. It eventually became Green Blankstein Russell and Associates, which designed many Manitoba buildings. He later designed high-density housing projects in Jerusalem, Israel.
He served as President of the Manitoba Association of Architects (1955) and was a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute. He retired from active practice in 1978. On 24 May 1936, he married Claire Diamond (1909-1999) and they had two sons including Arthur M. Blankstein.
He died while visiting Israel on 20 June 1989 and was buried there.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 1989, page 35.
Cecil Nat Blankstein, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.
Winnipeg Building Index, University of Manitoba.
Obituary [Claire Blankstein], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 August 1999, page 15.
Page revised: 29 November 2022