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Memorable Manitobans: Max Zev Blankstein (1873-1931)

Architect.

Born at Odessa, Russia in 1873, where he received architectural training, he emigrated to Canada in 1904 and was among the first Jewish architects to register and practise. Three of his seven children also became architects: Cecil Blankstein, Evelyn Blankstein, and Morley Blankstein. He died at his Winnipeg home, 131 Machray Avenue, on 31 December 1931 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Aikins Courts Apartments

167 Aikins Street, Winnipeg

1907

 

Minuk Block

254-260 Dufferin Avenue, Winnipeg

1909

Demolished (?)

Glesby Stables

468 Aberdeen Avenue, Winnipeg

1910

 

Chechik, Gold and Kernham Cold Storage Warehouse

422 Jarvis Avenue, Winnipeg

1910

 

Northern Block Apartments

94 McGregor Street, Winnipeg

1910

Demolished (?)

Palace Theatre

501 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

Winnipeg Hebrew Free School (Talmud Torah)

121 Charles Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Zimmerman Block

669 Main Street, Winnipeg

1913

 

Steiman Block

541 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

Brandon Court Apartments

377 Brandon Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

Jessie Block Apartments

626 Jessie Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

 

North Panama Apartments

229 Machray Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

 

European Block

588 Manitoba Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

 

Globe Bedding Company Warehouse

274 Jarvis Avenue, Winnipeg

1918

 

New Hargrave Building

361 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg

1922

 

Tory’s Academy Auto Service Garage

155 Fort Street, Winnipeg

1928

 

Lido Theatre

220 Edwards Avenue, The Pas

1928-1929

 

Tivoli Theatre

115 Maryland Street, Winnipeg

1929

 

Roxy Theatre

385 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg

1929

 

Uptown Theatre

394 Academy Road, Winnipeg

1930-1931

 

Sources:

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Winnipeg’s new Uptown Theatre will open this evening,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 December 1931, page 16.

“M. Z. Blankstein, architect, dies early this morning,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1931, page 1.

Winnipeg Building Index (University of Manitoba).

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.

Obituary [Morley Blankstein], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 June 2015, page A30.

We thank August Rivalin and Murray Peterson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 May 2017

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