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Memorable Manitobans: Evelyn Blankstein (1913-2001)

Architect.

Born at Winnipeg on 5 March 1913, daughter of Max Blankstein and Laika “Lena” Golden (1881-1959), sister of architects Cecil Blankstein and Morley Blankstein, she grew up in homes on Dufferin and Machray avenues designed and built by her father. She attended Aberdeen School, Machray School, and St. John’s Technical High School, then studied architecture at the University of Manitoba. She worked as an architect for nearly 40 years, at a time when there were few women in the profession, first in her brother Cecil’s office and then for Hobbs Glass (later Canadian Pittsburgh Industries). She was the first of few women with a full membership in Glendale Golf Club. She died at Winnipeg on 13 May 2001 and was buried in Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 2001.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 November 2017

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