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Memorable Manitobans: Cecil Nathan Blankstein (1908-1989)


Born at Winnipeg on 15 August 1908, son of Max Blankstein and Laika “Lena” Golden (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 J. Green. The firm expanded with the addition of G. Leslie Russell and Ralph Ham as partners. It eventually became Green Blankstein Russell Associates, which designed many Winnipeg buildings including the Winnipeg International Airport (1964), Winnipeg City Hall, Centennial Concert Hall, Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, and Polo Park Shopping Centre. He later designed high-density housing projects in Jerusalem. 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. Married to Claire Diamond (?-?), he had two sons including Arthur M. Blankstein. He died while visiting Israel on 20 June 1989 and was buried there.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Campbell Soup Plant

Fifteenth Street NW, Portage la Prairie


Closed (1991)

Holy Family Nursing Home (expansion)

165 Aberdeen Avenue, Winnipeg



Freshwater Institute

University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, Winnipeg




“Green Blankstein Russell Associates - Executive Appointments,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 March 1966, page 19.

“Tenders for Holy Family Nursing Home,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1969, page 40.

“Fresh Water Institute [Fresh Water Institute, Fisheries Research Board of Canada at the University of Manitoba campus],” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1970, page 37.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 1989, page 35.

Cecil Nat Blankstein, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.

Winnipeg Building Index

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 November 2017

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