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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Saunders Bridgman (1876-1965)

Architect.

Born at Toronto, Ontario on 14 February 1876, son of William Bridgman and Elizabeth Saunders, he moved with his family to London, Ontario where he took his early schooling, later studying architecture at the Atelier Masqueray in New York City from about 1892 to 1897, when he commenced an architectural practice with C. A. Rich. On 1 January 1903 he married Maida Helena McBroom of London and, later that year, they moved to Winnipeg where he practised architecture until 1937. He retired to London, Ontario in 1938.

During the Second World War, he was called into service in the construction of Air Training Stations in central Ontario and, after the war, he returned to private practice with his brother Gordon Bridgman. He retired a second time in 1955. He died at London, Ontario on 17 October 1965.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

St. Luke’s Anglican Church

130 Nassau Street North, Winnipeg

1904-1905

 

Corbett House

97 West Gate, Winnipeg

1906

 

German Lutheran Church

691 Alexander Avenue, Winnipeg

1906

 

Richmond Apartments

430 Young Street, Winnipeg

1906

 

St. Giles Presbyterian Church

294 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg

1908

 

Mills Block

1000 Main Street, Winnipeg

1908

 

Riley House

90 East Gate, Winnipeg

1909

 

Bickle Court

600 Broadway, Winnipeg

1909

 

Metcalfe Block

451 Hethrington Avenue, Winnipeg

1909

 

Osborne-River Building

100 Osborne Street, Winnipeg

1910

 

Riverview Mansions

27 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg

1910

Demolished (?)

Dr. Raymond Brown Residence

Ethelbert Street, Winnipeg

1911

 

Ira S. K. Weber Residence

283 Yale Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

Anvers Apartments

758 McMillan Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

DeBary Apartments

626 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg

1912-1913

 

Brussels Apartments

150-156 Lilac Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Regal Court

152-154 Maryland Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

W. Arthur Hossie Residence

Godfrey Street, Winnipeg

1913

 

Redwood Apartments

205-213 College Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

Abmyndo Apartments

519-521 William Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

 

Ellice Block

468 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

1914

 

West St. Paul Municipal Building

West St. Paul

1917

 

Gaspe Apartments

601 Broadway, Winnipeg

1917

 

Dawson Richardson Building

171 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1921

 

Cypress River United Church

Cypress River, RM of Victoria

1921

 

Sparling Apartments

217 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

1925

 

Winnitoba Block

54 Young Street, Winnipeg

1926

 

Blackstone Apartments

100 Roslyn Road, Winnipeg

1927

 

Franklin Apartments

435 Spence Street, Winnipeg

1929

 

Manitou Opera House

325 Main Street, Manitou, Municipality of Pembina

1930

 

Strand Theatre (renovation)

557 Main Street, Winnipeg

1930

Demolished (1966)

Sources:

Advertisement, Manitoba Free Press, 25 February 1904, page 2.

“New St. Giles’ is a beautiful edifice,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 March 1908, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1965, page 17.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

Winnipeg Building Index, University of Manitoba.

We thank L. D. Laird and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 April 2022

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